He studied at the Academy of Reggio , to that of Bologna and obtained a grant from the Institute Ferrari Bonini , he went to Florence in 1858 to attend the school of the Academy of the nude . One of his first jobs was ” The ostracism of Aristides ,” which, conceived in a time when the macchiaioli triumphed , made him conscious of the need to renew it, and he was able gradually.
Retracted children with a sweetness all its own and with fidelity in their graceful movements . But while turning to the influence of macchiaiuoli , was unable to free themselves from the romantic manner that preserves , pleasant surface as in the paintings , ” The Mask ” , exhibited in Parma in 1870 , now in the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, where they are well preserved ” a discovery ,” ” jelly ” ” the First Steps ” ; “The children of the soldier ,” “The sick mother ,” ” the volunteer a year ,” ” the dispiacenze delI’infanzia ” , “The veteran ” and ” Seriously childish ” : the last three exposed in Naples in 1877. Finally found his way, soon reaching stardom, completely abandoning the traditions of academic and non- studying from life and that by nature. In 1866 he retired in Reggio where he produced many paintings , sent to Vienna and Monaco of Bavaria, is then spread throughout the world. In addition to Napoli and Parma , he exhibited in London from 1877 to 1881 , in Boston and Milan. Other works of the Clerics: ” A domestic scene ,” ” Happy Mother ” ; ” Reggio in 1838 ,” ” Surprise ,” ” Self-portrait” , ” Joys of Children ,” ” Child overthrown by geese ,” “The Perch ,” “The position standing ” , ” polenta “” The kitchen flooded , “” Horrible state of affairs , “” Hen defending the brood , “” the Antiquarian ” ( Collection lawyer . Cousins, Bergamo ) . He was appointed director of the School of Fine Arts of Reggio (converted School of Design for the workers ) , the death of Romualdo Bellocci . Exposition Verdi in Parma, in 1912 , were collected many of his paintings scattered collections and galleries in Italy.