He learned the rudiments of art from his uncle Simone Ponsardi, then attended the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. Although educated academicism did not hesitate to condemn him to make up a new art with the study from life, reaching its own personality with landscape paintings skillfully executed and finely interpreted and idealized, in which he obtained distances read, airy and transparent. For over a decade he visited England and Germany, and lived in France where he painted and exhibited many works. Include: “God Bread” and “The Black in Narni,” preserved in the Gallery of Modern Art in Rome; “The eruption of Vesuvius in 1879,” “The passage of Hannibal crossing the Alps”, “The death of Pliny “” Orage dans les Marais Pontins “,” Mort d’Abel, “” Jean porté au sépulcre “;” Colonne de feu “,” Vue du lac Trasimene “” The lisière du bois “, exhibited in Paris, two of such as purchased by the Emperor Napoleon III. He participated in almost all the exhibitions in Italy and abroad, and many of his paintings are in private collections abroad. He fought for the defense of Rome in 1849, documenting this campaign with many drawings done from life. After his death was ordained in Rome, an exhibition of forty of his works.