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1657-1747 Italian Francesco Solimena Gallery Francesco Solimena was born in Canale di Serino, near Avellino. He received early training from his father, Angelo Solimena, with whom he executed a Paradise for the cathedral of Nocera (place where he spend a big part of his life) and a Vision of St. Cyril of Alexandria for the church of San Domenico at Solofra. He settled in Naples in 1674, there he worked in the studio of Francesco di Maria and later Giacomo del Po[1]. He apparently had taken the clerical orders, but was patronized early on, and encouraged to become an artist by Cardinal Vincenzo Orsini (later Pope Benedict XIII)[2]. By the 1680s, he had independent fresco commissions, and his active studio came to dominate Neapolitan painting from the 1690s through the first four decades of the 18th century. He modeled his art??for he was a highly conventional painter??after the Roman Baroque masters, Luca Giordano and Giovanni Lanfranco, and Mattia Preti, whose technique of warm brownish shadowing Solimena emulated. Solimena painted many frescoes in Naples, altarpieces, celebrations of weddings and courtly occasions, mythological subjects, characteristically chosen for their theatrical drama, and portraits. His settings are suggested with a few details??steps, archways, balustrades, columns??concentrating attention on figures and their draperies, caught in pools and shafts of light. Art historians take pleasure in identifying the models he imitated or adapted in his compositions. His numerous preparatory drawings often mix media, combining pen-and-ink, chalk and watercolor washes. Francesco Solimena 'A study for the fresco cycle in the Sacristy of San Paolo Maggiore in Naples', Whitfield Fine Art.A typical example of the elaborately constructed allegorical "machines" of his early mature style, fully employing his mastery of chiaroscuro, is the Allegory of Rule (1690) from the Stroganoff collection, which has come to the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. He apparently hoped to see his son Orazio follow a career in the law, for which he received a doctorate (de Domenici), but also became a painter. His large, efficiently structured atelier became a virtual academy, at the heart of cultural life in Naples. Among his many pupils were Francesco de Mura (1696-1784) , Giuseppe Bonito (1707-89), Pietro Capelli, Gaspare Traversi, and most notably Corrado Giaquinto and Sebastiano Conca. The Scottish portraitist Allan Ramsay spent three years in Solimena's studio. Solimena amassed a fortune, was made a baron and lived in sumptuous style founded on his success. Francesco Solimena died at Barra, near Naples, in 1747.

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Francesco Solimena Judith with the Head of Holofernes oil painting artist


Francesco Solimena Judith with the Head of Holofernes oil painting artist

Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Painting ID::  3800
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Art History Museum, Vienna

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Francesco Solimena Heliodorus Chased from the Temple (mk05) oil painting artist


Francesco Solimena Heliodorus Chased from the Temple (mk05) oil painting artist

Heliodorus Chased from the Temple (mk05)
Painting ID::  20643
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1725 Canvas ,59 x 78 1/2''(150 x 200 cm)Preparatory sketch for a fresco in the New Church of the Gesu at Naples Acquired for Louis XVI in 1786

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Francesco Solimena Self-Portrait oil painting artist


Francesco Solimena Self-Portrait oil painting artist

Self-Portrait
Painting ID::  26866
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mk52 1730-1 Oil on canvas 130x114cm Uffizi,Florence

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Francesco Solimena Rebecca at the Well oil painting artist


Francesco Solimena Rebecca at the Well oil painting artist

Rebecca at the Well
Painting ID::  29103
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mk65 Oil on canvas 28x25"

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Francesco Solimena Saint Cajetan Appeasing Divine Anger oil painting artist


Francesco Solimena Saint Cajetan Appeasing Divine Anger oil painting artist

Saint Cajetan Appeasing Divine Anger
Painting ID::  32665
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Fresco

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