Born in Naples, Giulio died in Ferrara or Rome, where he painted for the last twenty years of his life. He initially trained under Luca Giordano, but in 1692, when the former left to work in Madrid, he entered the studio of the Neapolitan Francesco Solimena. He painted a Virgin and Child, with Angels and Saints in Glory for the church of the Carmelitani in Sorrento. For a church of Vico, he painted a canvas of St Ciro and Giovanni and the Virgin. He painted two canvases, one of a Miracle of St Dominic and the Apparition of the Virgin to the Shepherdess, for the church of Rosariello delle Pigne, outside of the Porta di Gennaro. He also made copies of Giordano and Solimena for export.
His elder sibling was, reputedly, Giulio Giacinto Avellino, also a painter, born in 1645. By 1718, he had transferred to Rome, where he was influenced by Carlo Maratta. The frescoes on the vault of San Francesco di Paola ai Monti in Rome are by Onofrio. He painted an altarpiece on the San Alberto heals the sick for the church of Santa Maria in Montesanto.
- Rose 1857, p. 387.
- De Dominici 1846, p. 553.
- De Dominici 1846, p. 554.
- De Dominici, Bernardo (1846). Vite dei Pittori, Scultori, ed Architetti Napoletani, Tomo Quarto (Volume 4). Dalla Tipografia Trani, Naples; Digitized by Googlebooks.
- Rose, Reverend Hugh James (1857). A New General Biographical Dictionary (Volume II). B. Fellowes, Ludgate St; London, et al.; Digitized by Googlebooks, May 19, 2006. p. 387.
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