Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ciro Ferri

Sant'Agnese in Agone

Ciro Ferri 1634 - 1689
Ciro Ferri was a Baroque painter, sculptor and printmaker. He was born in Rome and began his apprenticeship around 1650 in the studio of Pietro da Cortona, later becoming his main assistant and successor. In 1657 he became a member of the Accadamia di San Luca, the guild for painters, sculptors and architects.
His earliest works were under the direction of Cortona in the Quirinale Palace and in the chapel of the Holy Sacrament in San Marco and Santa Prassede.
In 1659 he began work on the fresco commissions that Cortona was unable to complete in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence.
In 1664 Ferri left Florence for Bergamo to begin fresco work in Santa Maria Maggiore, returning to Rome on the death of Pietro da Cortona in 1669 to complete Cortona's unfinished commissions.
In 1673 he became director of the Florentine students at the Medici Academy in Rome along with sculptor Ercole Ferata, which was established by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III.
From the 1670s onward he still continued to paint but also directed his energies to sculptural and architectural works.
His finally work on the cupola in Sant'Agnese in Agone was started in 1670 but he died before it was completed and it was finished by his successor Sebastiano Corbellini in 1693.
He died in Rome in 1689.

Ciro Ferri Art in Rome
Santa Maria dell'Orazione e Morte 
altarpiece
Sant'Ambrogio della Massima
St Ambrose Healing the Sick
San Marco
Chiesa Nuova 
bronze highaltar canopy
Sant'Agnese in Agone 
ceiling fresco
Galleria Doria Pamphilj 
Erminia and the Shepards

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