Sacchi, Andrea (1599-1661)

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Andrea Sacchi, Italian painter, was born in Nettuno 1599 and died in Rome in 1661. He was a pupil of F.Albani and Cavalier d'Arpino, studied Raphael, A.Caracci and Domenichino. The work which confirmed him as the father of classicist tendency was Miracolo di San Gregorio (1626) for one of the altars in St Peter's (Rome, Pin.Vaticana). Under the patronage of Cardinal Del Monte he frescoed his Casino in 1629-1633; then Sacchi obtained the orders from the Barberini family: Divina Sapienza in Palazzo della Divina Sapienza (1629-1630). In 1628 were executed the frescoes of Villa Chigi in Castelfusano. The other important works are: Visione di San Romualdo (1631, Rome, Pin.Vaticana); paintings for the Confession altars in St Peter's in Rome (1633-1634); decoration of the Sagrestia di Santa Maria sopra Minerva (1637-1638). In 1639 to Andrea was en-charged the decoration of Lateran's Baptistery which was executed in collaboration with the other artists and finished in 1649: to Sacchi belong two of eight paintings with Storie del Battista. The masterpiece of these years could be considered Morte di Sant'Anna in the church San Carlo ai Catinari (1648-1649).

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