His style became very Impressionist. Then, when painting outdoors at Portici, Naples, he contracted malaria and died.
A precocious artist, he went from 2 years study in Rome to Morocco, where he was a war artist. There he became an orientalist.
The founding father of modern neuroanatomy wanted to be an artist, and spent much of his life drawing. He was painted by one of the Madrazo family, among whom was an early Impressionist.