Ippolito Caffi (Belluno, 1809–1866, Lissa)

Caffi, Ippolito (Belluno, 1809 – 1866, Lissa). Old City in North Africa (19th ce

Ippolito Caffi, born in the scenic Belluno, began his journey in the world of art at the esteemed Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. Not long after starting, his undeniable talent was recognized; by 130, he had already secured his first award at the academy.

Seeking further artistic growth, he relocated to Rome. It was here that he garnered significant attention and praise. Beyond his artistic creations, Caffi became renowned for his treatise on the future and for his intensive research into Roman archaeology. In 1843, he embarked on a journey to Greece and the East, expanding his horizons and drawing inspiration from diverse cultures.

One of his most notable works, “Carnival in Venice”, displayed in Paris, received rave reviews. Critics particularly lauded his innovative approach to capturing lighting effects. Despite his artistic pursuits, Caffi was not one to shy away from politics. In 1848, he joined the revolutionary movement in Venice. While he aspired to immortalize the first naval battle in art, tragedy struck when the ship he was on faced an outbreak.

Today, aficionados of his work can explore and even purchase his paintings online at the renowned Rios Art Gallery.