Friday, September 30, 2011

il Baciccio

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Il Baciccio 1639 - 1709
Giovanni Battista Gaulli was a Baroque artist who was born in Genoa (Baciccio is the Genoese nickname for Giovanni Battista). He went to Rome around 1658 and his first known commission was the altarpiece in the church of Sant'Rocco in 1663. In 1666 he received a commission from the Pamphilj family to paint the pendentives in Sant'Agnese in Agone, then in 1672 he was awarded the commission to decorate the ceiling in the Jesuit church of Il Gesù, with a contract to complete the works in the church over 10 years. It is this work of his stunning vault ceiling fresco, the Triumph of the Name of Jesus that the name il Baciccio is mostly recognised. 
In 1707, two years before his death, he again worked on a ceiling fresco depicting the Triumph of the Franciscan Order, this time for Santi XII Apostoli.
During his lifetime he also painted the portraits of seven popes, Alexander VII, Clement IX, Clement X, Innocent XI, Alexander VIII, Innocent XII and Clement XI.

il Gesù

il Baciccio Art in Rome
Apotheosis of the Franciscan Order
Triumph of the Name of Jesus
Vision of Heaven
Death of St Francis Xavier
Birth of St John the Baptist
Santa Maria sopra Minerva
Santa Maria in Montesanto
Santa Margherita di Antiochia
St Louis Beltràn
San Nicola da Tolentino agli Orti Sallustiani
San Francesco a Ripa
Vision of St Francis Xavier
Il Triofo del Nome di Gesù
Apotheosis of St Ignatius
Portrait of Gian Lorenzo Bernini

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