Famous Italian Baroque Painters

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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
(One of the Most Prominent Italian Painters of His Generation)
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
(One of the Most Progressive and Expressive Painters of Her Generation)
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
(Italian Baroque Painter Who Belonged to the Bolognese School)
Guido Reni
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Birthdate: November 4, 1575
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: August 18, 1642

Italian Baroque painter Guido Reni was a major figure of the Bolognese School. His subjects were predominantly mythological and religious figures. Initially inspired by Annibale Carracci, he later deviated to lighter colors and free brushwork. His iconic works include the fresco Aurora and the composition Atalanta and Hippomenes.

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Annibale Carracci
(Italian Painter Known for His Works: ‘Butcher's Shop’, ‘The Beaneater’ and ‘An Allegory of Truth and Time’)
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
(Italian Baroque Painter Known for Romanticized Landscapes and History Paintings)
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
(Spanish Tenebrist Painter Known for His Depictions of Religious and Mythological Subjects)
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
(Italian Baroque Draftsman and Painter)
Guercino
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Birthdate: February 8, 1591
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cento, Italy
Died: December 22, 1666
Guercino was an Italian Baroque draftsman and painter who was active in Bologna and Rome. Many of his drawings are well known for their luminosity and lively style. Born into a family of peasant farmers, Guercino went on to become one of the most prominent painters of his generation. Among his pupils were Giuseppe Bonati, Giulio Coralli, and Sebastiano Bombelli.
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Luca Giordano
(Italian Painter and Printmaker in Etching)
Luca Giordano
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Birthdate: October 18, 1634
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: January 3, 1705
Luca Giordano was an Italian painter and printmaker in etching. Renowned for creating artworks that were fluent and decorative, Giordano worked successfully in places like Florence, Rome, Spain, and Venice. Luca Giordano influenced many painters of his time. Among his pupils were Nicola Malinconico, Nunzio Ferraiuoli, Juan Antonio Boujas, and Paolo de Matteis.
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Roberto Ferri
(Italian Painter and Artist)
Roberto Ferri
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Birthdate: 1978 AD
Birthplace: Taranto
Roberto Ferri is an Italian painter and artist. Inspired by Baroque painters, Ferri started his career by conducting research on ancient paintings. He then went on to establish himself as a Baroque painter and his works are held in private collections across the world.
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Giovanni Baglione
(Italian Painter and Art Historian)
Giovanni Baglione
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Birthdate: 1566 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 30, 1643
Giovanni Baglione was an Italian painter and art historian. He mainly painted religious and mythological subjects. Baglione is also remembered for his impressive collection of biographies of other artists and painters. Giovanni Baglione is perhaps best remembered for his acrimonious and controversial relationship with Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
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Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato
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Birthdate: August 25, 1609
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sassoferrato, Italy
Died: August 8, 1685
Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato was an Italian Baroque painter. He was also a renowned copyist and reproduced works of other famous painters. Among his original works were paintings of religious subjects, which were commissioned by private patrons.
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Mattia Preti
(Italian Baroque Artist)
Mattia Preti
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Birthdate: February 24, 1613
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Taverna, Calabria, Italy
Died: January 3, 1699
Mattia Preti was an Italian Baroque artist who had a long and successful career as a painter. Many of his artworks are exhibited in famous museums in Naples, Valletta, and Taverna. Mattia Preti is also credited with painting frescoes for churches.
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Sebastiano Ricci
(Italian Painter of the Late Baroque School of Venice)
Sebastiano Ricci
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Birthdate: August 1, 1659
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belluno, Italy
Died: May 15, 1734
Sebastiano Ricci was an Italian painter best remembered for his work in Florence, where he completed a large fresco series on mythological and allegorical themes. He is also credited with painting and decorating the rooms of the Pitti Palace as commissioned by Ferdinando de' Medici.
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Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
(Italian Rococo Painter)
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
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Birthdate: February 13, 1682
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: April 28, 1754
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta was an Italian Rococo painter best remembered for painting religious subjects and genre scenes. He often depicted peasantry and used rich colors in his paintings. Giovanni Battista Piazzetta achieved poopularity in Venice where he was recognized as a leading artist.
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Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
(Italian Baroque Painter Who is Credited with Inventing the Printmaking Technique of Monotyping)
Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
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Birthdate: March 23, 1609
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: May 5, 1664
Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione was an Italian Baroque painter, draftsman, and printmaker. He is best remembered for his etchings. An important printmaker, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione is credited with inventing the printmaking technique of monotyping. Today, his paintings and other artworks can be found in Venice, Rome, Florence, and Naples.
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Alessandro Magnasco
(Italian Painter Who was Known for His Landscape Scenes)
Alessandro Magnasco
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Birthdate: February 4, 1667
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: March 12, 1749
Alessandro Magnasco was an Italian painter who was active in Genoa and Milan. He is best remembered for his stylized and phantasmagoric genre or landscape scenes. Alessandro Magnasco's style is characterized by darting flashes of light and swift brushstrokes. His artworks may have influenced painters like Giuseppe Bazzani, Marco Ricci, and Francesco Maffei.
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Andrea Sacchi
(Italian painter of High Baroque Classicism)
Andrea Sacchi
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Birthdate: November 30, 1599
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 21, 1661
Andrea Sacchi was an Italian painter who was active in Rome. He is credited with influencing a generation of artists, including Giovanni Battista Passeri and Nicolas Poussin. Two of his most important works are now exhibited in the Pinacoteca Vaticana.
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Alessandro Turchi
(Italian Painter of the Early Baroque)
Alessandro Turchi
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Birthdate: 1578 AD
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: January 22, 1649
Alessandro Turchi was an Italian painter whose style has been described as Caravaggesque and soft at the same time. He is credited with teaching fellow painters like Giovanni Battista Rossi and Giovanni Ceschini. Among his most famous works are David with the Head of Goliath, Christ and Adulterous Woman, and Mystical Marriage of St Catherine.
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Giovanni Antonio Guardi
(Italian Nobleman, Painter and One of the Founders of the Venetian Academy)
Giovanni Antonio Guardi
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Birthdate: May 27, 1699
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 23, 1760
Giovanni Antonio Guardi was an Italian nobleman and painter. He is credited with co-founding the Venetian Academy in 1756. He was also a well-known copyist who reproduced the works of other famous painters. Giovanni Antonio Guardi also produced works for churches in Venice. Francesco Casanova was one of his most famous pupils.
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Marcantonio Franceschini
(Italian Painter Who Produced Works of Mythological and Religious Subjects)
Marcantonio Franceschini
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Birthdate: April 5, 1648
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: December 24, 1729
Marcantonio Franceschini was an Italian painter who was mostly active in his native Bologna. He is best known as the father and mentor of another famous painter, Giacomo Franceschini. During his long and successful career, Marcantonio Franceschini produced works of mythological and religious subjects for patrons throughout Europe.
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Carlo Cignani
(Italian Painter Who Introduced a Reflective, Intimate Style of Painting)
Carlo Cignani
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Birthdate: May 15, 1628
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: September 8, 1719
Carlo Cignani was an Italian painter whose innovative style introduced an intimate mood of painting. This new style of painting, which was called the new manner, was markedly different from that of the more energetic style of the Bolognese School of painting. Among his most famous paintings are Madonna and Child and Portrait of Marcello Malpighi.
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Ciro Ferri
(Italian Baroque Sculptor and Painter)
Ciro Ferri
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Birthdate: 1634 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: September 13, 1689

Ciro Ferri was a 17th-century Italian Baroque sculptor and painter. He was the chief pupil and successor of prominent painter cum architect Pietro da Cortona. Alongside his mentor, he worked in the extensive fresco decorations of the Quirinal Palace and the Pitti Palace. He was a member of the Accademia di San Luca and trained numerous pupils. 

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Baldassare Franceschini
(Italian Painter Who is Remembered for His Altarpieces, Easel Paintings and Frescoes)
Baldassare Franceschini
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Birthdate: 1611 AD
Birthplace: Volterra, Italy
Died: January 6, 1689
Baldassare Franceschini was an Italian painter and draughtsman who was mainly active around Florence and Volterra. He is best remembered for his altarpieces, easel paintings, and frescoes for palaces and churches in Rome, Volterra, and Florence. Baldassare Franceschini's subject matter was diverse as it included history paintings, portraits, allegorical compositions, and biblical and mythological scenes.