Egisto Sarri (Figline valdarno 1837 – Florence 1901)
Egisto attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and had as masters Giuseppe Bezzuoli and Enrico Pollastrini; he was also a disciple of Antonio Ciseri. He had a
purely academic training and his artistic production was not affected by the profound change due to the stylistic revolution of Macchiaioli. Therefore, his career did not undergo major changes: his painting was directed to historical compositions, scenes of Pompeii and several portraits of coevals.
But, despite the fact that he did not suffer any influence from the issues of Macchiaoli, it should be recognized in Sarri a great pictorial level and a great poetic personality: his painting “Conrad of Swabia”, exposed at the Uffizi Museum in Florence, is a relevant historical work. When he applies to portrait, Sarri undoubtedly affects the teaching of the painter Ciseri, but still manages to give a personal touch, with a huge expressive force; even in the so-called “Pompeian” trend, devoted to the style of the time, Sarri expresses himself in an intimate way, reminding to Lega or Borrani.