Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Giacinto and Ludovico Gimignani

Giacinto Gimignani
Santa Maria dell'Anima

Giacinto Gimignani c.1606 - 1681
Giacinto Gimignani was born in Pistioa and was trained by his father artist Alessio.
In 1630 he traveled to Rome and by 1632 he was working for Pietro da Cortona on the fresco lunette Rest on the Flight to Egypt in Palazzo Barberini for the Barberini family and in San Giovanni in Laterano under the guidance of Andrea Sacchi.
In 1648 he assisted Pietro da Cortona with the decorations in Palazzo Pamphilj, then during the 1650s he worked in Florence completing cartoons for tapestries, the decorations in the Palazzo Rospigliosi in Pistoia and working in  Lucca and Camerino.
In the 1660s he returned to Rome working under the direction of Gianlorenzo Bernini for Pope Alexander VII with son Ludovico, painting altarpieces in Castel Gandolfo and Santa Maria di Monti.
Around 1676 he began the fresco in the apse refectory in the monastery of San Carlo ai Catineri and worked on  altarpieces in the churches of Perugia and Amelia.
He died in 1681 in Rome.

Giacinto Gimignani Art in Rome
Santa Maria dell'Anima
San Carlo ai Catineri
Palazzo Pamphilj
Palazzo Barberini
San Giovanni in Laterano
Santa Maria di Monti

Ludovico Gimignani
Sant'Andrea delle Fratte

Ludovico Gimignani 1643 - 1697
Ludovico Gimignani was Born in Rome in 1643 and trained by his father, Giacinto Gimingani who was an established artist.
His first documented work was in San Silvestro in Capite under supervision from his father, Bernini and patron Pope Alexander VII.
In 1668 he traveled to Venice and Modena accompanied by Giovanni Battista Gauli (il Baciccio), supported by Cardinal Giulio Rospigliosi, who later became Pope Clement IX and carried letters of recommendation from Bernini.
He worked in San Carlo al Corso and Palazzo Madama and completed the refurbishment of San Silvestro in Capite after death of Mattia de Rossi, where he painted altarpieces and frescoed the apse and transepts and completed stucco work in the nave.

Ludovico Gimignani Art in Rome
Santa Maria Maggiore
San Silvestro in Capite
San Crisogono
Sant'Andrea delle Fratte
Santa Maria in Montesanto
Life of St Maddalena dei Pazzi (1669)
il Gesù
San Luigi dei Francesi
Santa Maria in Campitelli
Santa Maria delle Vergini
San Silvestro in Capite
San Lorenzo in Lucina
San Carlo al Corso

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