Born in Ferrara, mid-way between Bologna and Venice in Northern Italy, in 1862 Ferraguti went on to train at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples under the leadership of Domenico Morelli. He rose to the fore of Neopolitan art in 1891, winning the prize Fumagalli at the Triennale di Brera with the huge painting “At Spade”.

His social realist subject matter was influenced by Jules Bastien Lepage in France, who in turn had worked alongside the other great exponent of the pastel, Leon L’hermitte.

  • Dancers in the dressing room, c. 1895

    by Arnaldo Ferraguti

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