Around 1620 Tassi was commissioned to decorate the facade of the Chapel of the Rosary in Sant'Onofrio, creating the fresco of the two sibyls and at this time Claude Lorrain became his pupil.
He died in 1644 in poverty and is buried in Santa Maria del Popolo.
Chapel of the Rosary
If you are a bit of a fan of Artemisia Gentileschi
like I am you will already know a little bit about Agostino Tassi.
It is thought that he was born in Perugia, his father was Domenico Buonamici, a furrier, and Agostino adopted the name Tassi while in the service of the Marchese Tassi where he was a page to give himself a grander background.
When he was 20 he travelled to Florence and entered the service of the Grand Duke Ferdinand de' Medici, during this time he was arrested for petty crimes and sentenced as a galley slave.
Mainly he worked in Rome and specialised in illusionistic, architectural fresco decorations, landscapes and seascapes.
In 1611 Tassi worked for the Borghese pope, Paul V, collaborating with Orazio Gentileschi
In 1613 he was convicted and sentenced to a year in prison for raping his student, Artemesia Gentileschi, Orazio's daughter.
After prison he worked at Villa Lante in Bagnaia under the direction of Cavaliere d'Arpino,
painting the trompe l'oeil ceiling with hanging bird cages, with Giovanni Lanfranco
decorating the Sala Regia in the Palazzo Quirinale, and collaborating with Guercino
in the Sala della Fama
and the Casino dell' Aurora at Villa Ludovisi
Agostino Tassi Art in Rome
Garden Casino (figures painted by Orazio Gentileschi)
Casino del Patriarca Biondo lunettes of hunting scenes ceiling painted by Paul Bril
Sala Regia (now the Sala dei Corazzieri) with Giovanni Lanfranco
Stanza di San Paolo fresco Life of Saint Paul
Sala della Fama (collaborated with Guercino)
Casino dell'Aurora (framed surrounds for Guercino's Aurora)
perspective surrounds for Guercino and Domenichino's ceilings
landscape frescoes, coastal scenes and architectural illusion frescoes
Galleria Doria Pamphilj
Friezes of coastal scenes and shipwrecks
Chapel of the Rosary facade with sibyls
Villa Lante in Bagnaia Casino Montalto
Competition on the Capitoline Hill
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