Unique character, with a restless and adventurous personality, animated by the desire to know and travel, Giacinto Satta stands out among his contemporaries for his cosmopolitan and disheveled existence, the intensity of his intellectual engagement (in teaching, journalism, politics) and his artistic production (he was a writer and a painter). Of noble birth, after having studied and worked between Sardinia and the rest of Italy, after trips that took him to the major European capitals and to Africa, he eventually returned to the island in 1893. This last season of his life, after a long period abroad, wasn’t one of his happiest times, and ended sadly with a lonely death, amid general indifference. After decades of neglect by the critics, Giacinto Satta’s figure has been gradually rediscovered and, in 1953, coinciding with the first retrospective exhibition in Cagliari, the magazine "Il Convegno", directed by Nicola Tanda, devoted a monograph to the artist. More recently, on the occasion of an important conference held in Orosei, Satta’s hometown, in 1993, he was permanently placed in the historical and critical context of the literary and pictorial Sardinian scene between the 19th and the 20th century.