The painter Giovanni Antonio Pirari Varriani, born in Nuoro by a family that was from La Maddalena, belonged to the educated élite that animated the intellectual life of Nuoro between the nineteenth and the twentieth century. His being a rich landowner facilitated his artistic passion that inevitably influenced the future of his two children, Piero and Antonio, who became an important photographer and a painter respectively. Pirari Varriani, who chose to be an artist for his own amusement, was anchored in tradition, yet intrigued by the latest trends, and believed that freedom, inspiration and feelings should have been the basis of painting. He used a decidedly documentary style to pass on the image of his beloved Sardinia and highlight his personal view of the agro-pastoral world that, as he knew despite his privileged condition, was marked by fleeting joys and big sorrows. In 2013, one of his excellent drawings about the Tonnara, characterized by its accuracy and richness of narrative details, was exhibited in the huge collection Arte Sarda at the Museo Tribu of Nuoro, whereas his pencil on paper Pescatori fiumaroli, which is a perfect example of an illustration where the author achieved the ethnographic intent to which he devoted himself during his life, is exposed at the Biblioteca della Camera di Commercio of Nuoro.