Giuseppe Cesari, or Giuseppino, better known as cavaliero d'Arpino, an Italian painter, supposed to have been born in a Neapolitan castle of the latter name about 1500, died in Rome about 1640. The son of a poor artist, he went as a boy to Pome, and was employed in a menial capacity by artists engaged in executing paintings for Gregory XIII., when his talent was brought to the pope's notice and procured for him a superior education and the patronage of this and succeeding popes, and he was created knight of St. John of Lateran. His frescoes and oil paintings were exceedingly successful, and he was regarded as among the most brilliant mannerists of his day; hence he served as a target for the attaeks of the naturalisti school of the Carracci and others. Many of Cesari's works are in Rome, including his most famous production, which is a series of frescoes from early Roman history, in a compartment of the Capitol bearing his name.
Giuseppe La Farina, an Italian author, born in Messina in 1815, died in September, 1863. He early wrote in the liberal interest, and fled from Sicily in 1837; being again molested after his return there in 1839, he resided in Florence till 1848, when he became a member of the Sicilian parliament and cabinet under the republican government, retiring to Turin in 1849. In 1861 he was elected to the Italian parliament as a representative of Palermo, and Rattazzi appointed him president of the national Italian society. His works include illustrated books of travel, " Souvenirs of Rome and Tuscany," several dramas, and histories of the Sicilian revolution of 1848-'9 (2 vols.) and of Italy from 1815 to 1850 (6 vols.), the latter being his most important publication.
Giuseppe Loingui, an Italian engraver, born at Monza, near Milan, Oct. 13, 1766, died in Milan, Jan. 2, 1831. He studied at the school of engraving in Milan, succeeded Vangelisti as professor in 1798, and for several years was at the head of the school. In 1801 he was called by Bonaparte to take part in the Cisalpine council at Lyons, from whence he went to Paris. Among his principal works are the "Vision of Ezekiel," after Raphael; the Magdalen of Cor-reggio; the Madonna del lago, after Leonardo da Vinci; and " Galatea," after Albano. He also engraved fine heads of Napoleon, Washington, Michel Angelo, the doge Dandolo of Venice, and others. Among his masterpieces were the plates known as the Fasti di Na-poleone il Grande, after the designs of Appi-ani. His biography was published by Sacchi in 1831, and by Baretta in 1837.
Giuseppe Marco Maria Felice Blangini, an Italian composer, born in Turin, Nov. 18, 1781, died in Paris in December, 1841. He displayed remarkable musical talent as a child, and his first compositions date from his 14th year. He went to Paris in 1799, and was for several years a successful composer of operas there. His fame, however, rests chiefly on his smaller pieces, which were received with much favor, especially in Germany, where he officiated for some time as chapelmaster at the court of the king of Westphalia. He returned to Paris in 1814, and received the honorary title of superintendent and composer of music to the king. His works include 17 operas.