Famous Italian Baroque Painters

Unless you have a strong love for paintings and art, it is almost likely that baroque painting would have been an unheard of art form. Blame not yourself but instead get set to lap up yourself to some interesting facts about Italian baroque art. The genre of art form actually commenced from the late 16th century to the early 18th century in Italy. Baroque style of art used exaggerated motions to produce drama, tension, exuberance and grandeur. The artists were encouraged by the Catholic Church to come up with art that reflected religious themes and displayed direct involvement. Mostly, paintings of that time reaffirmed the emotional depths of the Catholic faith through the melodramatic canvases and glorified the church and the monarchy through their artistic sensationalism. From Caravaggio to Cortona, the paintings were highly diverse and projected dynamism. Some of the most prolific and highly talented Italian baroque painters of that time include Francesco Albani, Paolo Alboni, Mario Balassi, Maria Maddalena Baldacci, Andrea Belvedere, Federiko Benković and so on. Check this segment and find out some interesting facts about famous Italian baroque painters, their life and their paintings.

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Caravaggio
(Painter)

Caravaggio
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Birthdate: September 29, 1571
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: July 18, 1610
Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is best remembered for his influence on the Baroque style of painting. He pioneered a tactic known as tenebrism, and combined light and darkness to create his masterpieces. He was known for his erratic and aggressive nature and died under mysterious circumstances.

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Artemisia Gentileschi
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Birthdate: July 8, 1593
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1652 AD
Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi was a prominent artist of the 17th century. She was the first female member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno and was known for her depiction of the female form. She was raped by painter Agostino Tassi and participated in a 7-month trial.

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Guido Reni
(Painter)

Guido Reni
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Birthdate: November 4, 1575
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: August 18, 1642
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Annibale Carracci
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Birthdate: November 3, 1560
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: July 15, 1609

Born to a tailor, Annibale Carracci set up a painters’ studio named Accademia degli Incamminati with his brother and cousin, thus establishing the famous Carracci family of painters. A significant figure of the Baroque movement, he is remembered for his iconic works such as Domine, Quo Vadis?

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Salvator Rosa
(Painter)

Salvator Rosa
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Birthdate: June 20, 1615
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Arenella, Naples, Italy
Died: March 15, 1673

Baroque painter and poet Salvator Rosa was born near Naples, to a land surveyor father, who wanted him to become a priest or a lawyer. However, Rosa deviated to art. Initially devoted to landscapes, he later focused on religious art. He is remembered as a pioneer of the Neapolitan school.

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Jusepe de Ribera
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Birthdate: January 12, 1591
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Xàtiva, Spain
Died: September 2, 1652

Jusepe de Ribera was a Spanish-Valencian Tenebrist painter and printmaker. He was also called Lo Spagnoletto ("the Little Spaniard") by his contemporaries. Little is known about his early life, though it is believed he studied at the Academy of Saint Luke. He spent several years of his career in Italy and was a leading painter in Naples.

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Guercino
(Painter)

Guercino
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Birthdate: February 8, 1591
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cento, Italy
Died: December 22, 1666
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Andrea Pozzo
(Painter)

Andrea Pozzo
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Birthdate: November 30, 1642
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Trento, Italy
Died: August 31, 1709
Baroque painter, architect, and writer Andrea Pozzo is best remembered for his signature architectural illusionist painting, through which he created illusions of three-dimensional structures such as domes, on flat ceilings. His works adorned structures such as the St. Ignatius's Church. He was also a Jesuit brother.

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Luca Giordano
(Painter)

Luca Giordano
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Birthdate: October 18, 1634
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: January 3, 1705

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Roberto Ferri
(Painter)

Roberto Ferri
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Birthdate: 1978 AD
Birthplace: Taranto

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Giovanni Baglione
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Birthdate: 1566 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 30, 1643

Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato
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Birthdate: August 25, 1609
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sassoferrato, Italy
Died: August 8, 1685

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Mattia Preti
(Artist)

Mattia Preti
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Birthdate: February 24, 1613
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Taverna, Calabria, Italy
Died: January 3, 1699

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Sebastiano Ricci
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Birthdate: August 1, 1659
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belluno, Italy
Died: May 15, 1734

Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
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Birthdate: February 13, 1682
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: April 28, 1754

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
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Birthdate: March 23, 1609
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: May 5, 1664

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Alessandro Magnasco
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Birthdate: February 4, 1667
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: March 12, 1749

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Andrea Sacchi
(Painter)

Andrea Sacchi
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Birthdate: November 30, 1599
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 21, 1661

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Pellegrino Tibaldi
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Birthdate: 1527 AD
Birthplace: Puria, Italy
Died: May 27, 1596

Pellegrino Tibaldi was an Italian mannerist sculptor, architect, and mural painter. Tibaldi is credited with painting frescoes of the Story of Ulysses found at the Palazzo Poggi and scenes from Moses' life in Rome's Palazzo Sacchetti. He is also credited with teaching several future painters like Girolamo Miruoli, Lorenzo Sabbatini, and Orazio Samacchini.

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Alessandro Turchi
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Birthdate: 1578 AD
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: January 22, 1649

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Andrea Brustolon
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Birthdate: July 20, 1662
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belluno, Italy
Died: October 25, 1732

Andrea Brustolon was an Italian sculptor who used wood to carve his sculptures in the Baroque style. He also used his skills to carve devotional sculptures. Such was his popularity that both contemporary and future sculptors  imitated his style; Valentino Panciera Besarel imitated Andrea Brustolon's style to make upholstered armchairs from the 1860s.

Giovanni Antonio Guardi
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Birthdate: May 27, 1699
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 23, 1760

Marcantonio Franceschini
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Birthdate: April 5, 1648
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: December 24, 1729

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Carlo Cignani
(Painter)

Carlo Cignani
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Birthdate: May 15, 1628
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: September 8, 1719

Baldassare Franceschini
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Birthdate: 1611 AD
Birthplace: Volterra, Italy
Died: January 6, 1689