Born in Messina, Querci was a late-Neoclassic style painter, mainly painting historical and literary subjects in a late-Neoclassic style. During the revolutions of 1848, Querci was drawn to the fighting, designing artillery. He painted canvases, including “Matteo Palizzi circondato dai congiurati” – 14th-century Sicilian who opposed foreign rule of the island. In 1854, funded by a stipend given by the City of Messina, he traveled to study in Rome where he befriended the visiting Nazarene painter Peter von Cornelius, who said of the young Querci:”He begins where we end.”
During his lifetime, Querci traveled all over the world painting two canvases for a chapel in Mexico, a genre painting of life in Chile, portraits in Istambul and Vienna. In 1873 he was knighted in the Order of Santi Maurizio e Lazzaro and in 1877, into the Order of the Crown of Italy. Querci served on may artistic juries and was elected professor at the Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Rome.
1. Pittori Sicilian, http://www.pittorisiciliani.it/elenco%20pittori%20siciliani/querci_dario.htm
2. Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dario_Querci