Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pietro da Cortona

San Carlo al Corso

Pietro da Cortona 1596 - 1669
Pietro da Cortona (Pietro Berrettini) was born in Cortona in Tuscany. He was a painter and architect from a family of artists and masons. 
He began his apprenticeship in Florence and arrived in Rome around 1612.
His first known work was a fresco in Santa Bibiana commissioned by Pope Urban VIII and he became a favourite painter of the Barberini family, later decorating the Barberini Palace with the ceiling frescoes of the Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power. 
During his career he travelled and worked mainly between Rome and Florence.
He also completed many architectural projects, renovating the facade of Santa Maria in Via Lata, Santa Maria della Pace and designing the dome and interior decorations in San Carlo al Corso and the Chiesa Nuova where he worked until 1665.
Ciro Ferri, Giacinto Gimignani and Luca Giordano and many other artists were trained in his studio and he was also director of the Accadamia di San Lucca.
He died in Rome in 1669.

Pietro da Cortona Art in Rome
Saint Peter's Basilica
Cappella del Sacramento - The Trinity
Altar of St Francis Xavier
Pendentive mosaics
Pinacoteca Capitoline
The Rape of the Sabine Women
Vision of St Francis
Urbanus VIII
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica
The Guardian Angel with Tobias
Birth of the Virgin
Ceiling frescoes
The Triumph of Divine Providence
Barberini Power
Galleria Doria Pamphilj
Landing of the Trojans at the Mouth of Tiberis
Scenes from Virgil's Aeneid
Galleria Borghese
Marcello Saccetti
Palazzo Colonna
Resurrection of Christ
Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
Ananias Restoring the Sight of St Paul
San Carlo al Corso
Chiesa Nuova
San Biagio della Pagnotta
San Carlo ai Catinari
Santa Bibiana
San Nicola da Tolentino

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