Sunday, October 27, 2013

Giovanni Lanfranco

Crowning of the Virgin with Saints Augustine and William

Giovanni Lanfranco 1582 - 1647
Giovanni Lanfranco was a Baroque painter born near Parma in the region of Emilia-Romagna. 
He was first began his apprenticeship with artist Agostino Carracci then moving to Annibale Carracci's workshop in Rome where he began his first works on Galleria Farnese's ceiling frescoes. Working alongside Guido Reni and Francesco Albani he decorated San Gregorio Magno al Celio and the Cappela Paolina in Santa Maria Maggiore.
By 1605 he was receiving independent commissions.
In 1609 Lanfranco returned to Parma after the death Annibale Carracci, where he stayed for two years producing paintings and altarpieces in Orvieto, Vallerano, Leonessa and Fermo.
On his return to Rome in 1612 he competed with Domenichino and other Carracci students for patrons. During this time his studio painted frescoes in Palazzo Mattei and The Buongiovanni Chapel in Sant'Agostino and the Annunciation in San Carlo ai Catinari.
He became one of the favourite painters of Pope Paul V and painted the large ceiling fresco of the Gods of Olympus at the Villa Borghese.
Giovanni Lanfranco was knighted by Pope Urban VIII and his last work was the apse of San Carlo ai Catinari. He died in Rome in 1647.

Giovanni Lanfranco Art in Rome
Palazzo Farnese
St William being cured by the Virgin
San Gregorio Magno
Santa Maria Maggiore
Palazzo Mattei
The Buongiovanni Chapel
Santa Maria dell'Orazione e Morte
San Carlo ai Catinari
Palazzo del Quirinale
San Giovanni dei Florentini
Sacchetti Chapel
Chiesa Nuova
Crucifix Chapel
Sant'Andrea della Valle
Assumption of the Virgin dome
Gesù e Maria
Galleria Borghese
Ceiling fresco the Gods of Olympus
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica
Venus Playing the Harp
The Elevation of Mary Magdalen
The Transfiguration
Thamar and Giuda
St Ursula and the Virgins
Galleria Doria Pamphilj
Susanna and the Elders
St Peter Crying
Saint Peter's Basilica
Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini

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