Thursday, August 23, 2012

Giacinto Brandi

Ecstasy of Santa Rita (1674) Sant'Agostino

Giacinto Brandi 1621 - 1691
Giacinto Brandi was born in Poli in the region of Lazio in 1621. He was a Baroque painter, although when he first began his training in Rome it was in the studio of sculptor Alessandro Algardi. It was then decided that he was more adept at painting than sculpture and he transferred to the studio of Baroque artist Giacomo Sementi.
In 1647 Brandi began working under the supervision of Giovanni Lanfranco in his workshop and it was during this time he began a friendship with Mattia Preti with whom he worked on many projects and commissions over the years.
He died in Rome in 1691.

Giacinto Brandi Art in Rome
Gesù e Maria
San Carlo ai Catinari
Martyrdom of San Biagio
San Carlo al Corso
Ceiling frescoes
San Silvestro in Capite
Sant'Andrea al Quirinale
Santa Maria in Via Lata
Canvas of St Andrea
Chiesa delle Santissima Stimmate di Francesco
Gesù e Maria
Coronation of the Virgin
Galleria Corsini
Drunkedness of Noah
Palazzo Pamphilj
Pinacoteca Vaticana
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane

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