Italian Artists & Architects

Galilei, Alessandro (1691-1736)

Alessandro Galilei, Italian architect and theorist, was born in Florence in 1691 and died in Rome in 1736. Absorbing all the experience of the Italian art, in 1714 he went to England, where remained till 1719, executing numerous projects, most of them not realized and collaborating on the works of technical and civic character with the engineer N.Dubois (inhabited houses in a...

Gallori, Emilio (1846-1924)

Emilio Gallori, Italian sculptor, was born in Florence in 1846 and died in Rome in 1924. His artistic formation took place in Naples and in Rome, and he became known after his work Nerone exposed in Vienna in 1873. He worked in London in 1874-1878 and then in Rome creating little sculptures and busts: Fumo negli occhi (Smoke in the eyes). From 1883 until 1895 he realized his...

Gatta, Bartolomeo della (1448-1502)

Pietro d'Antonio Dei, named Bartolomeo della Gatta, Italian painter, was born in Florence in 1448 and died in Arezzo in 1502. He was a monk and was active in the eastern Tuscany, between Arezzo and Sansepolcro. In circa 1475 he depicted Assunta in San Domenico in the city of Cortona. In 1482 Bartolomeo was in Rome, together with Luca Signorelli, depicting Cappella Sistina: Gli...

Gentileschi, Orazio (1563-1639)

Orazio Gentileschi, Italian painter, was born in Pisa in 1563 and died in London in 1639. He was a pupil of A.Lomi and spend the time of his artistic formation in the environment of late Tuscan mannerism. Gentileschi moved to Rome in 1576 and became a friend and a follower of Caravaggio. Here he created such paintings as: San Francesco (1609, S.Silvestro in Capite); David (...

Gherardi, Antonio (1644 - 1702)

Antonio Gherardi, Italian painter and architect, was born in Rieti in 1644 and died in Rome 1702. He began his artistic way next to P.F.Mola and Pietro da Cortona, made a lot of trips for the purpose of studying, worked in Rome frescoing Palazzo Neri and Santa Maria in Trivio (1670). Here he decorated in stucco two chapels in Santa Maria in Trastevere and San Carlo ai Catinari...

Gherardi, Filippo (1643-1704)

Filippo Gherardi (Lucca 1643-1704) and Giovanni Coli (Lucca 1636-1691), Italian painters. They begun their collective activity studying in Lucca at Paolini and than in Rome in Pietro da Cortona workshop. Among their numerous works executed in Rome are: frescoes of the dome (Chiesa di S.Nicola da Tolentino (1670-72)), vault frescoes (Chiesa di S.Pantaleo), and Battaglia di...

Ghezzi, Pierleone (1674-1755)

Pierleone Ghezzi, Italian painter, was born and died in Rome in 1674-1755. He executed numerous frescoes in different Roman churches and in Villa Falconieri di Fruscati (1727) where represented the scenes from the contemporary life. His fame is also connected to a rich series of designs and drawings which gives a realistic picture of the society of that epoch (the album is...

Ghirlandaio, Domenico (1449-1494) (Domenico Bigordi)

D.Bigordi named Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italian painter, was born and died in Florence in 1449-1494. The origins of his artistic name, with which he is known, comes from the activity of his father, goldsmith, who made "garlands" for the head-dresses of the Florentine noble women. In the beginning he was charmed by the style of A.Baldovinetti: Santi in the Pieve di Cercina, and...

Giani, Felice (1758-1823)

Felice Giani, Italian painter and designer, was born in San Sebastiano Curone, Alessandria in 1758 and died in Rome in 1823. At the age of 20 he moved to Rome and became noted for the energy and tension of his works: frescoes in Palazzo Doria (1780); decorations for the Hermitage of St Petersburg executed in Rome in 1788; decoration of Palazzo Altieri (1789), Palazzina del...

Giaquinto, Corrado (1703-1765)

Corrado Giaquinto, Italian painter, was born in Molfetta in 1703 and died in Naples in 1765. He was a pupil of F.Solimena in Naples and in 1723 moved to Rome, where spent a big part of his life obtaining precocious success and important orders in the sector of painting: Cappella Ruffo (San Lorenzo in Damaso, 1734); San Giovanni Calibita (1740-1741); Santa Croce in Gerusalemme...

Giocondo, Fra' (1433-1515) (Giovanni Monsignori)

Monsignori Giovanni named Fra'Giocondo, Italian architect and theorist, was born in Verona in 1433 and died in Rome in 1515. The only work that could be attributed to him with the certainty was loggia del Consiglio in Verona (1475-1488), prototype of the Venetian architecture of Renaissance. Later he worked in Naples, in France (Castello di Gaillon, 1500, destroyed), in...

Giordano, Luca (1634-1705)

Luca Giordano, Italian painter, was born and died in Naples in 1634-1705. After a short experience in the work shop of J.Ribera, Giordano went to Rome at the age of 22 years, where made contacts with Pietro da Cortona and representatives of neo-Venetian art. Here, according to the fashion of the epoch, he copied the paintings of the greatest masters of the Renaissance. He...

Giotto (1267-1337)

Giotto, Italian painter and architect, was born in Vespignano, Vicchio di Mugello in 1267 and died in Florence 1337. He was a pupil in studio of Cimabue (1280-circa1290). Equally important for the young artist was contact with the trends of classicists of the contemporary Roman painting, which took place in Rome or in Assisi, where were recognized his first works: the frescoes...

Gozzoli, Benozzo (1420-1497) Benozzo di Lese

Benozzo Gozzoli, named Benozzo di Lese, Italian painter, was born in Florence in 1420 and died in Pistoia in 1497. He began his successful artistic carrier as a collaborator of Ghiberti in Florence and of Beato Angelico in Rome and in Orvieto. The cycle of frescoes in a new palace of the Medici family in Florence is characterized by rich narrative components, abundant...

Grassi, Orazio (1583-1654)

Orazio Grassi, Italian architect, astronomer, sculptor and mathematician, was born in Savona in 1583 and died in Rome 1654. He was a Jesuit and became famous mostly after his polemics with Galilei about the nature of comets, supporting the idea that they were real and proper space bodies. He worked as an architect in his hometown (Cathedral of Savona) and in Rome, where...