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Di Marzo, Gioacchino

    Full Name: Di Marzo, Gioacchino

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1839

    Date Died: 1916

    Place Born: Palermo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy

    Place Died: Palermo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy

    Home Country/ies: Italy

    Subject Area(s): Italian (culture or style), Italian Renaissance-Baroque styles, painting (visual works), and Renaissance

    Career(s): archivists and researchers

    Institution(s): Comunale di Palermo


    Archivist and art historian; Antonello da Messina scholar. In 1851 Gioacchino took clerical orders serving at the Cappellano Maggiore of the Palatine Chapel. In 1855 he translated and wrote commentary on Vito Amico’s Lexicon topographicum.

    Between 1858 and 1864 he published four books on the art of Norman Sicily of the sixteenth century based on documentary evidence. The work included the history of Sicilian art from the Medieval era to the modern. As such his work disagreed with that of earlier scholars such as Avolio, Melchiorre Galeotti, father Marchesi, Grosso-Cacopardo, Agostino Gallo. He secured a position at the Municipal Library in Palermo. There he began his major accomplishments publishing local documents. Michele Amari, Minister of Public Education, appointed him a member of the Royal Commission for language texts. He published a catalogue raissone of the manuscripts in the library and those of the Historical and Literary Library of Sicily (1869-1886) in twenty-eight volumes. His Memoirs of Antonello Gagini and his sons and nephews, Sicilian sculptors of the 16th century,I Gagini e la scultura in Sicilia, in 1880. Di Marzo began studying the extant archival documents of the importatn Sicilian painter Antonello da Messina (Antonello di Giovanni di Antonio). His documentary study of that artist appeared in 1903.  He was a member of the Royal Accademia di Brera in Milan and the Royal Heraldic Commission in Palermo. The Ministry of Public Education appointed him to the Technical Council of the Commissariat for Antiquities and Fine Arts in Sicily and of the Commission for the Conservation of Monuments of the Province of Palermo.


    Di Marzo’s friendship and later deep emnity with the Antonello scholar Gaetano La Corte Callier was well documented.

    Selected Bibliography

    Translated, Amico, Vito,  Dizionario topografico della Sicilia. Palermo : P. Morvillo, 1855-1856 ; I Gagini e la scultura in Sicilia nei secoli XV e XVI: memorie storiche e documenti. Palermo: Tipografia del Giornale di Sicilia, 1880; Di Antonello da Messina e dei suoi congiunti: studi e documenti.  Palermo:  “Boccone del povero, “,1903.


    Rowland, Ingrid D.   “‘A Painter Not Human’” (review) New York Review of Books (May 9, 219)

    Contributors: Lee Sorensen


    Lee Sorensen. "Di Marzo, Gioacchino." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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