Augusto Daini was an Italian artist who was born in 1860. He received his artistic training under Pietro Barucci (1845 – 1917).  He is known for his fine watercolors with figures and genre motifs.

In 1734, a group of young British gentlemen, all alumni of the Grand Tour in Italy, formed a dining club in London. Calling themselves ‘The Society of Dilettanti’ (from the Italian word, dilettare, to take delight). The close-knit association transformed classical antiquity from a private pleasure to a public benefit by sponsoring archaeological expeditions, forming collections, and publishing influential books on ancient architecture and sculpture.

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