Thursday, May 10, 2012

Cristoforo Roncalli (il Pomarancio)

The Punishment of the Couple Ananias and Saphira
St Peter's

Cristoforo Roncalli (il Pomarancio) c. 1553 - 1626
Cristoforo Roncalli was a painter and draftsman, and one of three Painters who worked in Rome under the name il Pomarancio, (Cristoforo Roncalli, Niccolò Circignani (1520-1597) and Antonio Circignani (1570-1630).
He was born in Pomarance, near Volterra and trained in Florence. In around 1582 Roncalli moved to Sienna with commissions from Ippolito Agostini to paint an altarpiece for the cathedral and decorate the Agostini Palace.
He was first documented in Rome in 1582 collaborating with Niccolò Circignani at San Marcello with frescoes in the oratory of the CrocefissoDuring 1585-86 he worked on the frescoes in Santa Maria in d'Arcoeli and in 1588 he became a member of the Accademia di San Luca.
In 1596 he began working in the chapel of Saint Filippo Nero in Chiesa Nuova then in 1597 Pope Clement VIII commissioned him with the decoration of San Giovanni in Laterano and Saint Peter's Basilica where he collaborated with Giuseppe Cesari.
He died in Rome in 1626.

Cristoforo Roncalli Art in Rome
Oratory of the Crocefisso San Marcello
Discovery and Exaltation of the True Cross
Santa Maria d'Arcoeli (Mattei and Valli Chapels)
Passion of Christ
Life of St Paul
Chiesa Nuova (chapel of St Filippo Neri)
Life of St Filippo Neri
San Giovanni in Laterano (transept)
Baptism of Constantine and St Simon
Saint Peter's Basilica (Clementine Chapel)
designed the mosaic decoration
Chiesa dei Santi Nereo e Achilleo
St Domitilla with St Nereus Achilleus
Santa Maria degli Angeli
Sant'Andrea della Valle
San Silvestro in Capite
San Carlo al Corso
San Giacomo in Augusta
San Pietro in Vincoli
Santa Maria della Scala
Santa Maria della Consolazione
San Giovanni Decollato

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