Attilio Pratella (Lugo di Romagna 1856 - Naples 1949) received his first instruction in drawing in his early years in Lugo di Romagna. In 1877 he won a scolarship to study for two years at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, where he was deeply impressed by Fontanesi's landscape paintings. In 1880 Pratella departed for Naples continuing his studies at the Istituto di Belle Arti under Filippo Palizzi and Morelli. In Naples he became acquainted with Dalbono and the painters of the school of Resina, led by De Nittis. In 1886 his landscape painting 'The Morning' was exhibited at the Società Promotrice di Belle Arti and acquired, following Morelli's advice, by the Galleria d'Arte of Capodimonte. Thereafter Pratella attained full success and his paintings were exhibited in Italy and abroad, at the Biennale in Venice as at the Salon in Paris. Pratella was a sensitive draftsman, he drew during his whole creative life, incessantly studing landscape.
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY: 'Omaggio a Pratella', exhibition catalogue, Galleria Medea, Naples, 1950; Alfredo Schettini, 'Attilio Pratella', Naples, 1954.
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