Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Giovanni Baglione (1566 - 1643)

Adoration of the Magi
San Luigi dei Francesi

Giovanni Baglione was a Baroque painter. He was born in Rome and spent most of his working life there. During his long career he was employed by popes Sixtus V, Clement VIII, Urban VIII and Paul V. as well as the many private commissions he received. 
Giovanni Baglione and Caravaggio, although contemporaries, had a mutual dislike of each other which resulted in a court case where Caravaggio was sued for slander after he and his artist friends circulated unflattering poems, causing Caravaggio to spent two weeks in prison.
Baglione's painting, Profane Love Subdued by Divine Love which caused all the trouble is in the Galleria Barberini. 
Baglione published two books, 'Vita de Pittori' on the lives of painters, sculptors, architects and engravers and 'The Nine Churches of Rome'.
He was a member of The Accademia san Luca and died in Rome at the age of 77.
art historian and writer.

Giovanni Baglione Art in Rome
Santa Maria Maggiore
San Luigi dei Francesi
Santa Maria della Consolazione
Santa Maria dell'Orto
San Nicola in Carcere
Last Supper
St Peter's Basilica
Saint Peter Raising Tabitha from the Dead
Scala Santa (near San Giovanni in Laterano)
Finding of Moses
Denial of St Peter
Arrest of Christ
Santa Pudenziana
Scenes from the Life of St Peter
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
Saints Peter and Paul
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Virgin and Child with Saints Hyacinth and Raymond
Pinacoteca Capitolina
Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples
Galleria Borghese
Judith and the Head of Holofernes
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica
Sacred and Profane Love
St John the Baptist

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The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev
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The Popes by John Julius Norwich
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