Giulio Aristide Sartorio

Giulio Aristide Sartorio was born in Rome on February 11, 1860, and died on October 3, 1932.

His complex artistic career spanned painting, sculpture, and literature.

Sartorio was encouraged to study art by his grandfather Girolamo and his father Raffaele, both sculptors.

He was friends with Gabriele D’Annunzio and helped found an important illustrated newspaper whose publication, however, did not last for very long.

He also illustrated the poem Isolde Guttadauro with plates and drawings.

Like many young artists of his generation, Giulio Aristide Sartorio was initially attracted to the kind of painting favored by Mariano Fortuny, as seen in some mannered, mawkish works done in the “settecentismo” style.


In 1889, he traveled with Francesco Paolo Michetti to Paris where he was exposed to freer, less academic art.

Critics and the public began to appreciate his work. His growing prominence led to an invitation from Grand Duke Charles Alexander of Saxe-Weimer, who offered him a chair at the Academy of Weimer.

Sartorio stayed in Weimer until 1900, after which he began focusing on landscape painting with the Roman countryside as his main subject.


Although his many landscape paintings were admired, his better-known frescoes like the friezes he made for the Sala del Lazio at the Venice Biennale and the Aula di Montecitorio in Rome were more in line with current taste.

In 1929 he was appointed Academician of Italy and Vice-President of the Accademia di San Luca.

A year after his death, in 1933,  G. Marconi solemnly presented 184 of his works at the Galleria di Rome.

In 1961 a show featuring several landscapes was held to mark the centenary of his birth.

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