Saturday, September 13, 2014

Antiveduto Gramatica (c1571 - 1626)

San Giacomo in Augusta

Giovanni Baglione wrote in his biography of Baroque artists that  Antiveduto Gramatica was born on the way to Rome and explained that Gramatica's father gave him the unusual name of Antiveduto —antivedere meaning to foresee or anticipate.
He was apprenticed to Perugian artist Giovanni Domenico Angelini (Perugino) where he completed small scale works, then in 1591 he became an independent artist in a studio with Caravaggio, where they both worked for patrons Cardinal del Monte and Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani.
In 1593 he became a member of the painters' guild of the Accademia di San Luca.
He was given the nickname of Gran Capocciante from painting portraits of the heads of famous men.
His first known work is in the sanctuary of the Polish church of San Stanislao alle Botteghe Oscure near Largo di Torre Argentino of the Savior in Glory between Saints Stanislaus and Adalbert and Saint Hyacinth Praying.
He worked in Rome and Naples and much of his work went to Spain, although many pieces are only attributed to him.
In 1624 he became principal of the Accademia di San Luca but lost his position when a fellow artist opposed to him scandalously attempting to sell off Raphael's painting of Saint Luke Painting the Virgin.
He died in Rome in 1626.

Antiveduto Gramatica Art in Rome
San Stanislao alle Botteghe Oscure
San Salvatore in Lauro

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