Thursday, February 13, 2014

Giovanni Domenico Cerrini

Chiesa Nuova

Giovanni Domenico Cerrini 1609 - 1681
Cerrini was a Baroque painter who worked mainly in Rome. He was born in 1609 and also worked under the name of il Cavaliere Perugino, named after the place of his birth.
During his apprenticeship he worked under the guidance of Giovanni Antonio Scaramuccia, leaving there for Rome around 1630 to become a member of Guido Reni's studio.
His style was influenced by his contemporaries Giovanni Lanfranco, Guercino, Domenichino and Andrea Sacchi.
His first known commission was The Apparition of the Trinity to St Maria Maddalena de'Pazzi in 1637 for Santa Maria in Traspontina. He was next commissioned for two altarpieces for San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane between 1642 and 1643.
Amongst his patrons were Cardinals Bernardo Spada and Giulio Rospigliosi, the later employing him to decorate the cupola in Santa Maria della Vittoria which he completed in 1655.
During 1656 he went to Florence and worked for the Medici.
One of his final works was for Santissima Sudario dei Piemontesi in 1667.
He died in Rome in 1681.

Giovanni Domenico Cerrini Art in Rome
Chiesa Nuova
Santa Maria della Vittoria
The Ascent of St Paul into Heaven
Santa Maria in Traspontina
Apparition of the Trinity
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
St Ursula
Holy Family with Saints Agnese and Catherine
San Carlo ai Catineri
Miracle of St Blaise
Santissimo Sudario dei Piemontesi
Blessed Amadeus kneeling before the Virgin
Apparition of the Christ child to St Anthony
Galleria Colonna
Galleria Spada
Galleria Corsini
Woman Carrying Eggs

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