Friday, November 28, 2014

Marco Benefial

the Martyrdom of St Anges
Santissima Trinità degli Spagnoli



Marco Benefial 1684 - 1764
Marco Benefial was a late Baroque, early Rococo artist who trained under Bonaventura Lamberti, studying in the classical style of Raphael. He painted many frescoes, altarpieces and portraits in and around Rome, the city where he was born. 
In 1716 he was given his first important commission, the Martyrdom of Saint Saturninus for Santi Giovanni e Paolo, followed by a commission to paint the Jonah for San Giovanni in Laterano in 1718 and another commission for the Mater Dolorosa with Angels Bearing the Symbols of the Passion in 1721 for Santa Maria dei Sette Dolori. 
In 1741 he was finally admitted into the Accademia di San Luca after years of opposing and criticizing the academy and the talent of its members, only to be expelled in 1755.
He died in Rome in 1764 after a long career and many of his paintings, that were mistakenly attributed to others, have recently been recognised to be by his hand.

 Marco Benefial Art in Rome
Santi Giovanni e Paolo
San Giovanni in Laterano
Santa Maria dei Sette Dolori
Santa Maria alle Fornaci
Santa Maria in Aracoeli
San Francesco delle Stimmate
San Lorenzo in Lucina
Santissima Trinità degli Spagnoli
Galleria Corsini
Galleria Spada



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