Giovanni Fattori, an important painter of the nineteenth century in Italy, received his first instruction in drawing in Livorno. In 1846 he moved to Florence to attend the Academy. During the 1850s he joined the innovative artists, called Macchiaioli, who met in Florence at the Caffè Michelangelo and were champions of a new technique and style in opposition to the conventional academic language. During those years, he still produced works that could be attributed to the historical-romantic school but his interest in studying from life also extended to landscape painting and to the military life of the day. These became the subjects of his first experiments in painting using the macchia technique. In 1867, after the death of his first wife, Fattori frequently stayed in the Maremma region, which became the ideal backdrop for his works. Fattori began etching in the early 1880s, when he was nearly sixty. Quite soon he was able to appreciate the difference of expression he could achieve using this new medium. A real peintre-graveur, with etching he improved his research on light and essential shapes in reality.