Sunday, June 22, 2014

Passignano (Domenico Cresti)

Chiesa Nuova

Passignano (Domenico Cresti) 1559 - 1638
Domenico Cresti was born in Passignano near Florence in 1559. It is thought that when he was nine he studied in Florence with Girolamo Macchietti and Giovanni Battista Naldini.
He was mainly influenced by his next teacher, Federico Zuccari with whom he worked with in Florence from 1575 until 1579. In 1580, when Zuccari went to Rome Cresti went with him and worked there for two years.
He traveled to Venice in 1582 where he worked until 1588. Here he was influenced by the works of Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.
Cresti was employed by several popes and was often summoned to Rome. In 1602 he was commissioned by Pope Clement VIII to paint a Crucifixion of Saint Peter for Saint Peter's, then in 1604 he received the commission from Cardinal Maffeo Barberini, the future pope Urban VIII, to decorate the Barberini family chapel in Sant'Andrea della Valle. His next commission was for the Borghese pope, Paul V to decorate the Sacristy and help in the decoration of the Pauline Chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore.
He worked for many cardinals and wealthy patrons, decorating their palaces and villas around Rome and Frascati.
By 1616 he had returned to Florence where he painted the portrait of Michelangelo and Galileo then in 1627 he once more journeyed to Rome for the commission from Barberini pope, Urban VIII, to paint the Incredulity of Thomas (1624 - 1627) and the Presentation of the Virgin (1627) for Saint Peter's.
Domenico Cresti died in Florence in 1638.

Passignano (Domenico Cresti) Art in Rome
Saint Peter's
Santa Maria Maggiore
Sant'Andrea della Valle
Chiesa Nuova
San Giovanni dei Fiorentini
Pinacoteca Vatican
Galleria Borghese
Adam and Eve

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