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He trained initially with Gustavo Mancinelli; and later with Domenico Morelli, for whom he was a major pupil. His first four or five decades were successful but he engaged his inheritance in some industrial enterprise that led him into poverty. Attempting to become an instructor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples, he was rebuffed, and he died indigent in 1918.
He exhibited at the 1880 Turin exhibition, a painting depicting Santa Lucia in Naples. At the 1883 Esposizione Nazionale di Belle Arti of Rome, he exhibited The Death of Socrates. Like Camillo Miola, he applied Realism to historical painting. Other paintings were The proscriptions of Sulla and Agrippina spies on the Senate (exhibited 1877 in Naples).
- Encyclopedia Treccani, Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani - Volume 13 (1971), entry by Anna Barricelli.
- Dizionario degli Artisti Italiani Viventi: pittori, scultori, e Architetti, by Angelo de Gubernatis. Tipe dei Successori Le Monnier, 1889, page 69.
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