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Il Rosso

Born Giovan Battista di Jacopo in 1494, Fiorentino gained the nickname Il Rosso for his bright red hair. He was influenced by the Florentine School of painting and was largely responsible for introducing that style to France as part of the School of Fontainebleau. In 1527 the sack of Rome by Charles V forced Il Rosso to flee to France. Il Rosso's greatest work is often considered the powerful altarpiece, The Deposition, done in Volterra in Tuscany.
He is known for the poetic composition of his figures, his bold design, and a charming style.

Paper size: 20" x 16"; image size approximately: 16.5" x 12.5"

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Rosalba Carriera

The Italian painter Rosalba Carriera was born on October 7, 1675, in Venice. At fourteen years old under the tutelage of Giuseppe Diamantini, she began drawing and copying oil paintings. Her first successes were achieved with her miniature likenesses in tempera on ivory. International appreciation of Carriera's work began in Germany when she was invited to the court in Düsseldorf in 1706. Soon the high nobility of Europe were finding their own way to her studio in Venice. Named an honorary member of the academies in Bologna and Paris, her works were inspirations to such portrait artists as La Tour, Perroneau, Liotard, and Meng.
Paper size: 8" x 10"


Baldassare Franceschini Volterrano

Artist Baldassare Franceschini Volterrano painted frescoes, altarpieces and easel pictures for numerous churches and palaces in Italy during the latter part of the 17th century. His large-scale, crowded fresco compositions reflect an adaptation into a Florentine idiom of the Roman Baroque manner, derived from Pietro da Cortona’s frescoes in the Palazzo Pitti, where Volterrano himself also worked, decorating the ceiling of the Sala di Vittoria della Rovere. His painting style also shows the influence of Correggio.

Paper size: 8" x 10"