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A view over Mount Etna
Signed and dated 1803
40.5 x 55 cm
16 x 21 5/8 in
Agostino Aglio was born in Cremona on 15 December 1777, where he was baptised in the Duomo, the son of Gaetano and Anna Maria Aglio whose fourth, but sole surviving, child he was. From Cremona, the family moved to Milan, where Agostino was educated, first at the College of the Order of the Barnabites, where he absorbed a reasonable grasp of the classical languages, and subsequently at the Brera. Although formally studying Natural Philosophy and mathematics, his preferences lay in the arts, and he seems to have been pre-possessed by drawing – whether of still-life, the natural world or architecture. He was trained for a short time by Rusca, the sculptor, though an accident with a chip of stone damaging his eye caused him to revert to drawing and painting.
At University, Aglio was swept up in the fervour for the struggle against the invading Republican French, and he joined, with many other patriotic students, the Legio Cisalpina. He was present at the battle of the Bridge of Faenza in 21st February 1797, and also at the surrender at Ancona and Tolentino when the Peace with Pius VI was signed. Finally stationed at Perugia, he was discharged after a serious illness.
He thence proceeded to Rome with introductions and assistance from Cardinal Dugnani, a Milanese friend of his father, a lawyer. In Rome Aglio was taught the elements of landscape painting, at which he soon excelled, by the Mantuan painter Giovanni Campovecchio (1754-1804), considered by his contemporaries the leading artist of this genre at the date.
|Height||40.50 cm||(15.94 inches)|
|Width||55.00 cm||(21.65 inches)|