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Lived/Active: Italy      Known for: landscape, historical landmarks and Bay of Naples painting

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Achille Carelli, 19th century* (active circa 1852 to 1873).

Son of Raffaele (1795-1854), brother of Gonsalvo (1818-1900) and Gabriel(1820-1880), and the lesser-known member of the Carelli family of painters.  His active period as a painter can be traced to about 1852, somewhat later than his brothers who exhibited in the 1830s and 1840s.  This suggests that he was probably younger than the others, likely born in Naples after 1820.  Achille is referenced in several Southern Italian travel, art and business directories/publications from 1855 to 1873, during which time, his studio was located at 57 Riviera di Chiaia in Naples.  It does not appear that he achieved the recognition and notoriety of his father and brothers, although his landscape themes were typical of the Carelli family. 

Like his father and brothers, Achille was associated with the Posillipo School of landscape painters, having received his formal training from L'Accademia del Disego and the Naples Academy of Fine Arts.  He was awarded a silver medal for landscape,class 2, by the King of Naples & Sicily, at the public exhibition of the best works of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, which opened in Naples on May 30,1855.  The Naples Academy of Fine Arts is among the oldest academies in Europe. It was founded in 1752 at the behest of Charles III of  Bourbon.

 
*Some sources claim that Achille Carelliwas born at Naples in 1852 and died at Potici in 1921.  These dates however, more accurately correspond to his nephew Conrad.  Some of Achille's works that have been auctioned are dated 1852 and 1858, much too early if he was in fact born in 1852.  He is also referenced in several travel guides and directories as an artist in Naples as early as 1855 and as late as 1873.

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Achille Carelli (known from 1852). 

He is the lesser-known member of the famous Carelli family of Southern-Italian landscape painters; the son of Raffaele, and brother of Gonsalvo and Gabriel.  Naples had a considerable community of local and foreign artists, including the Carellis, who earned their living by selling views of the Bay of Naples, Vesuvius, Pompeii and characteristic local sights to tourists. Out of this cottage industry emerged the School of Posillipo*, whose leading exponents, operating outside the conservative constraints of the Academy, left some pictures that are both truly Neapolitan and rank among the best landscape paintings of the 19th century.

The essential biographical data for Achille Carelli is unknown.  His active period as a painter can be traced to about 1852, somewhat later than his brothers who exhibited in the 1830s and 1840s.  This suggests that Achille was probably younger than the others; likely born in Naples some time around 1820.  It does not appear that he achieved the same level of recognition and notoriety of his father and brothers.  His landscape themes were typical of the Carelli family of painters, although more modest.  He was awarded a silver medal for landscape, class 2, by the King of Naples & Sicily, at the public exhibition of the best works of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, which opened in Naples on May 30, 1855. The Naples Academy of Fine Arts is among the oldest academies in Europe. It was founded in 1752 at the behest of Charles III of Bourbon.

Submitted by V. Bianco whose source was Bonhams, British and Continental Pictures Auction, April 20, 2010

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