The formation of the painter took place within the rigid academic practice Siena , at first a pupil of the sculptor T. Sarrocchi , and then in the study of L. Mussini . The style of the early Nazarene was brought to fruition through several trips to Rome, Florence and Venice, the city where he studied the great colorists of the past by Titian and Tiepolo .
He moved permanently to Rome alongside the work of decoration of the churches of the easel painter in Paris for the Maison Goupil . Its neo- Pompeian scenes , interiors and gender in eighteenth-century brush tip and with the bright colors gathered acclaim at international level. Maccari , however, remained a painter and academic officer and the awarding of large canvas deposition of Pope Silverio took place at the National Exhibition in Turin in 1880, operates out of the ordinary but certainly not respectful of all academic precepts , it is vivid example .
The official recognition of the painter was then sealed the victory in the competition for the decoration of the Hall of the Senate, where the depicted scenes of Roman virtues : Appius Claudius -blind study in the Senate, The departure of Regulus from Rome , Cicero inveighs against Catiline , Incorruptibility Curio toothed , Senator Papirius and reckless act of the Rooster. Between 1882 and 1888 he performed Maccari these scenes and that dating can be reported on this study, conducted in a fast and rough and also marked by lively colors that Maccari had learned in Venice.
This small canvas from the atelier of the painter probably should be considered a preliminary study for the senator sitting with stick in the scene of Cicero and Catiline . After a few years the end of the company which established the reputation of the Sienese master a serious illness forced him to abandon his brushes for good.