Cleto Luzzi came from a wealthy Roman aristocratic family. His relatives included lawyers, cardinals and politicans which enabled Luzzi to pursue his talent securely. Flourishing around the turn of the century, he often painted genre scenes depicting lavish aristocratic gatherings in the style of fellow Italian Vittorio Reggianini. His artistic pursuits took him to Thailand for a period of his life. In 1949, late in his painting career, Luzzi was comissioned to paint the interior scenes within the newly rebuilt 'Parrocchia Santa Maria del Porto'. Located in the Marina de San Vito, Abruzzi on the east coast of Italy, the parish was destroyed during World War II, and Luzzi's major painting work became one of the primary attractions of the new parish. .