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Paolo Mei

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Name  Paolo Mei

Died  March 21, 1900, Rome, Italy

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Paolo Mei (18 June 1831 – 21 March 1900) was an Italian painter active in Rome.


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He was born in Rome to his father, Domenico, and his mother, Matilde Farrajoni. Parish records list the name sometimes as Meo, but Mei was used throughout his life. His father died when Paolo was three years old, and his mother died when he was 19 years old; this left him inheriting little in terms of financial resources.

His initial training was under Tommaso Minardi, then a professor at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. By 1856, he had formulated a strong friendship with the painter Cesare Fracassini, who was to help him obtain many commissions. He often also collaborated with Cesare Mariani. In 1859, he helped decorate the rooms in the Palazzo Raffaelli in Cingoli, in the province of Macerata. He also painted in Tivoli and Civitavecchia.

Among his works for churches are:

  • Chapel of the Guardian Angel in the church of Santa Maria in Aquiro;
  • Chapel of the crucifix in the church of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone; ceiling and lateral walls: only walls remain, depicting Madonna Addolorata.,
  • Altarpiece (1869) for fourth chapel on left in the church of Santa Maria della Pace; completed a canvas of Cesare Fracassini.
  • Execution of St Stefano and part of St Lawrence presents the goods of his church to the prefect of Rome for the Basilica of San Lorenzo fuori le Mura both either designs or partially completed by Fracassini before his death.
  • In 1860, he provided some designs for the engraver Giuseppe Marcucci. He painted a number of small canvases with scenes of life in Ancient Rome (also called Neo-Pompeian themes). In 1865, he traveled to Naples, where he made contact with Domenico Morelli. After the death of Minardi in 1871, he completed some of the frescoes (Art and Poetry) in the portico of the cemetery of Verano (Campo Verano) in Rome. Guglielmo De Sanctis completed the other two. He is buried in this cemetery. In 1893, he was admitted as a member to the Congregazione pontificia de’ Virtuosi of the Pantheon. Mei died in Rome on 21 March 1900.


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