Born in Manciano in 1852 and trained at the Institute of Fine Arts in Siena, Aldi’s interest was always in historical painting. He portrays events from medieval and Roman times, but also from his own time, with a great ethical and historical drive.
Many of his works are also portraits and landscape. In 1874 he won the Biringucci apprenticeship which allowed him to study while traveling to the most important artistic and cultural centers of the time: Venice, Florence, Rome and Paris. However his life was short, unfortunately; the painter became seriously ill and died May 18, 1888 in the same house where he was born. A few years subsequent, a plaque was placed here in his memory. Below is a list of some of his best known works:
-Frescoes painted in the Sala del Risorgimento of the Palazzo Comunale of Siena, “L’incontro fra Giuseppe Garibaldi and Vittorio Emanuele II”
– An 1886 fresco (also known as “The Teano meeting”), “the meeting of Vignale”, and “the last hours of the Sienese freedom” , painted in 1882, currently on free loan to the Museum of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena but a permanent acqusition of the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. The work was presented at the International Exhibition in Rome in 1883.
In Manciano, the most important works of Pietro Aldi in Manciano are:
-”Giuramento di Ghino di Tacco” (1872) in the Palazzo comunale of Manciano
– “L’Annuciazione”, (1875) in the Church of SS Annunziata, Manciano
In nearby Pitigliano two of Aldi’s paintings are displayed in the Cathedral, built between 1883 and 1885:
-“L’imperatore Henry IV a Canossa”
-“La predestinazione del giovane Ildebrando”
In Capalbio, Aldi’s “San Nicola di Bari” is on display at the Church of St. Nicholas and in Monte Argentario, where the Convent of the Passionists you can gaze on the “Madonna col Bambino che consegna a San Paolo della Croce il progetto del convento”, dated 1880.
Born in Manciano in 1866, Pascucci studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Siena before leaving for the military life: it is from here that he draws inspiration for his “Bozzetti di vita militare” (Sketches of military life). With his earnings from the Biringucci prize he opened a studio in Rome, and his works represent the people of the region, the difficulty of the working in the fields and living off of a sometimes hostile land. In 1909 Pascucci submitted his work, “Gli Apostoli” (The Apostles) to the Modern Art Expo in Rome and won, gaining the appreciation of Vittorio Emanuele III. The work is now visible inside the Church of San Leonardo in Manciano. At the same time Pascucci was called to work on the décor of the Loreto Sanctuary alongside Cesare Maccari, and he later painted frescoes at the Supreme Court of Rome. In 1929 he received the Lussi Award for “Venerdi Santo” (Good Friday) which was exhibited at the Modern Art Gallery and now hangs in the Church of San Leonardo in Manciano. From this time on, the bashful artist revealed himself more and more in his works: the brush became harder, the colors more exaggerated. In “La Siesta” (The Nap) the painter gave us the last of his works, which are the strongest and most profound expression of his love for the Maremma. Among his most important works were “Eroe chi Ritorna” (A hero’s return) of 1895, who won the Spranger prize in the 4th USSI Competition.
Pascucci’s works in Manciano:
“Festa in Famiglia” (Family Party) (1940) City Council Hall, Manciano
“San Leonardo” (1894) the Church of San Leonardo, Manciano,
“Venerdi Santo”, part of the Credit Bank Cooperativo di Saturnia collection, Church of San Leonardo, Manciano
“Gli Apostoli” (1909) the Church of San Leonardo, Manciano
“The savior”, Tabernacle door, Church of San Giorgio, Montemerano