Aurelio TIRATELLI 1839-1900

Aurelio Augusto Tiratelli was born in Rome in 1839.

He embarked on an artistic career with his father Filippo's encouragement after displaying a remarkable talent for art from a very early age.

He attended the Accademia di San Luca, where he studied painting under such illustrious masters as Giulio Tadolini, Francesco Podesti and Tommaso Minardi, and sculpture under the great Pietro Tenerani.


He eventually decided to devote his energies solely to painting and attended the so-called "Accademia di Giggi" established and run by Luigi Talarici at no. 48, Via Margutta, whose students included Antonio Mancini, Mariano Aurelio Fortuny and Pio Joris.

Aurelio Tiratelli was fond of going for walks in the Roman countryside, capturing its landscapes and villages in sketches on paper or using the innovative photographic technique known as the daguerreotype.

He would them develop the subjects he captured with his camera in paint in his workshop situated in Palazzo Dovizielli at no. 33, Via Margutta, where the vast majority of 19th century Roman painters dwelt.


Aurelio Tiratelli was a member of the Società degli Amatori e Cultori di Belle Arti and showed his work at the Esposizione degli Amatori e Cultori di Belle Arti in 1875

His talent naturally attracted recognition, specifically from the prestigious Accademia di San Luca which appointed him "Academician on Merit in the landscape painters' category", a nomination that acquired a certain value since it meant that the Accademia was finally granting recognition to landscape painters in their own right, given that until that it had considered their work to be a "secondary art".

Aurelio Tiratelli showed his work successfully at the exhibitions of his day both in Italy and abroad, including in Vienna in 1875, in Santiago in 1875, in Melbourne in 1880 and in Paris in 1889. His paintings were purchased by the leading institutions of the time, such as the Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna di Roma, the Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione, the Museo di Arte Moderna “Revoltella” in Trieste and the Aberdeen Archives, Gallery & Museums in Scotland. Tiratelli was also very much in favour with the royal family. He was first knighted and then made a Grand Officer of the Order of the Italian Crown, while King Umberto I purchased "Making Oil in Ceccano" and "A Railway Crash".


He was a member of the Circolo Artistico, situated initially in Vicolo Alibert and later in Via Margutta.

Aurelio Tiratelli died at the age of 61 in his home at no. 3 Via Orazio in Rome on 2 May 1900.