Gentileschi, Orazio (1563-1639)

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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 (1611, Gall.Spada); S.Francesco colle stimmate (Galleria nazionale); frescoes in Palazzo del Quirinale (1611, 1615-1616), in S.Maria Maggiore and in St John Lateran.

Orazio left Rome as a consequence of the scandal caused by a case against a painter A.Tassi who raped his daughter Artemisia Gentileschi, and went to Marche: Crocifissione (Cathedral of Fabriano) and to Tuscany (1612-1613): Madonna col Bambino e Santa Francesca Romana (Urbino, Gall.naz.); Santi Cecilia, Valeriano e Tiburzio (Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera).
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After sojourns in Genoa: Danae (1621, Cleveland, Ohio, Mus.); Annunciazione (1623, Turin, Gall.Sabauda) and in Paris, he reached the coasts of England in 1626 where remained till his death. Among his other works should be noticed: Santa Cecilia e l'angelo (Rome, Galleria Corsini); Riposo di Giuseppe (Hampton Court), Mose' salvato dalle acque (pictured) (Madrid, Prado), Suonatrice (Vienna, Collection Liechtenstein).

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