Italian Artists & Architects

Canonica, Pietro (1869-1959)

Pietro Canonica, Italian sculptor, was born in Moncalieri, Turin, 1869 and died in Rome in 1959. He was a pupil of O.Tabacchi, and had a big success in the official environment of Turin for his religious and civic monuments: Benedict XV (Rome, St Peter's); Monument of an Artilleryman and a Cavalry soldier (Turin); and fine psychological portraits in academic style: Bust of...

Canova, Antonio (1757-1822)

Antonio Canova, Italian sculptore and painter, was born in Possagno, Treviso in 1757 and died in Venice in 1822. The son of stone-cutter, he spent the years of formation in Venice, first in a studio of a sculptor G.Bernardi, and later in school of nude of the Academy, and studying ancient works in the gallery of Filippo Farsetti. The early creations ordered by senator Giovanni...

Caprina, Meo del (1430-1501)

Amedeo di Francesco, named Meo del Caprina, Italian architect, was born and died in Settignano in 1430-1501. He was born in a family of sculptors, and was a follower of L.B.Alberti. Together with Baccio Pontelli, Meo was one of the first "distributors'' of the Florentine style in Rome. Here he participated in construction of Palazzo Venezia, and to him is attributed a facade...

Caravaggio (1572-1610) (Michelangelo Merisi)

Michelangelo Merisi, named Caravaggio, Italian painter, was born in Caravaggio in 1571 and died in Porto Ercole in 1610. His father was an architect, and in 1584-88 he studied in Milan in the workshop of painter Simone Peterzano. In 1592-93 he went to Rome, and in the first years of Roman sojourn he depicted flowers and fruit in the workshop of C.d'Arpino: a number of still-...

Caravaggio, Polidoro da (1490/1500-1543)

Polidoro da Caldara, named Polidoro da Caravaggio, Italian painter, was born in Caravaggio, Bergamo in circa 1490/1500 and died in Messina in 1543. He began his artistic activity in the work-shop of Raphael, first as a stucco-maker and later as fresco-maker in decoration of Logge Vaticane. His first autonomous work was decoration of Cappella della Passione in S.Maria della...

Carracci, Agostino (1557-1602)

Agostino Carracci, Italian painter and engraver, was born in Bologna in 1557 and died in Parma in 1602. He was the elder brother of Annibale and cousin of Ludovico Carracci. He dedicated himself mostly to teaching and studies of artistic theory. He participated together with Annibale and Ludovico in decoration of Palazzo Fava in Bologna (1583-1584); created Comunione di San...

Carracci, Annibale (1560-1609)

Annibale Carracci, Italian painter, was born in Bologna in 1560 and died in Rome in 1609. He was a brother of Agostino and a cousin of Ludovico Carracci, and was the most brilliant personality of all this artistic group from Bologna, which proposed a fundamental line of innovation in painting. In 1582 the Carracci founded an Academy of Desirous, which in 1590 took the name of...

Castagno, Andrea del (circa 1421-1457)

Andrea del Castagno, Italian painter, was born in Castagno, Mugello in circa1421 and died in Florence in 1457. He spent the time of formation in Florence of the humanistic period, in the environment dominated by the authority of Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Donatello. In 1442 he frescoed the Cappella di San Tarasio in the church of San Zaccaria in Venice. In 1444 he returned to...

Castellamonte, Carlo di (1560-1641)

Carlo di Castellamonte, Italian architect, was born and died in Turin in 1560-1641. He was a pupil and collaborator of Ascanio Vitozzi (sanctuary of Vicoforte (Mondovi, 1589)), whom he succeeded as a chief duke's engineer of Turin in 1615: Via Nuova (Via Roma, 1621), Piazza S.Carlo with two symmetrical churches of S.Carlo and of S.Cristina, Castello del Valentino (1633),...

Cavalier d'Arpino (1568-1640) (Giuseppe Cesari)

Giuseppe Cesari named il Cavalier d'Arpino, Italian painter, was born in Arpino, Frosinone in 1568 and died in Rome in 1640. He was involved in the big decoration works in Rome: Cappella Olgiati in Santa Prassede (1592); big hall of the Palazzo dei Conservatori (1596); Cappella Paolina in the church Santa Maria Maggiore (1609). In Naples: hall of the church San Martino (1589...

Cavallini, Pietro (1273-1321) (Pietro de'Cerroni)

Pietro de'Cerroni named Cavallini, Italian painter. The news about him were documented between 1273-1321. The knowledge about work of this artist is mostly connected to the cycle of paintings in S.Maria in Trastevere, a Roman church: Storie della Vergine where the name of Cavallini was inscribed and dated with 1291. Two years later by the order of Bertoldo Stefaneschi was...

Chiari, Giuseppe (1654-1727)

Giuseppe Chiari, Italian painter, was born and died in Rome in 1654-1727. He was a pupil and collaborator of C.Maratta, and was an author of classicist mythologic paintings located in Galleria Spada in Rome (circa 1708) and frescoes in St John Lateran.

Cigoli (1559-1613) (Ludovico Cardi)

Ludovico Cardi named il Cigoli, Italian painter and architect, was born in Castelvecchio di Cigoli, Florence in 1559 and died in Rome 1613. Together with Pagani he was a member of the studio of F.Barocci and Correggio, as well as Tiziano, surpassing the academicism of the late Florentine style. His most famous works were realized between Florence and Rome: Martirio di Santo...

Cimabue (1240-1302) (Cenni di Pepo)

Cenni di Pepo, named Cimabue, Italian painter, was born in 1240 and died in 1302 in Pisa. He was an artist quite known by his contemporaries which could be judged from the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Purgatorio XI, 94-96). The famous writer Vasari who created "Vite" (Lives) dedicated to the biographies and art critics of Italian artists put the description of Cimabue's...

Cipolla, Antonio (1823-1874)

Antonio Cipolla, Italian architect, was born in Naples in 1823 and died in Rome in 1874. He built in Renaissance forms: Banca d'Italia in Bologna; Cassa di Risparmio (1872) and stables for Quirinale in Rome; reconstructed the Roman church of Spirito Santo dei Napoletani, revealing a great accuracy in solution of technical problems.