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Una Strada - Massimo d'Azeglio - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W


Una Strada - Massimo d'Azeglio - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

Massimo Taparelli, Marquess of Azeglio, commonly called Massimo d'Azeglio, was a Piedmontese-Italian statesman, novelist and painter. He was Prime Minister of Sardinia for almost three years. D'Azeglio was a paternal conservative who hoped for a federal union between Italian states.

Young Massimo was given a commission in a cavalry regiment, which he soon relinquished on account of his health. During his residence in Rome, he acquired a love for art and music and decided to become a painter, to the horror of his conservative, aristocratic family. His father reluctantly consented, and Massimo settled in Rome, devoting himself to art.

He led an abstemious life in Rome, maintaining himself by painting Romantic landscapes which frequently included historical subjects. He also painted scenes for a self-composed opera.

His landscape paintings influenced Salvatore Mazza and Luigi Riccardi.

In 1855 d'Azeglio was appointed director of the Turin art gallery.

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