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Donato Creti

The penitent Saint Peter

Achilles Handing over to Chiron

Achilles Handing over to Chiron

Donato Creti

Thetis dipping Achilles into the River Styx

Donato Creti

Mercury and Paris

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The Charity

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Alexander the Great Cuts the Gordian Knot

Donato Creti

Perseus and Andromeda

Donato Creti

Sibyl

Donato Creti

Venus appearing to Aeneas and Achates.

Donato Creti

Self-portrait

Donato Creti

Apollo Standing in a River Landscape

Donato Creti

A child

Donato Creti

St. Joseph with the Infant Jesus and St. John

Donato Creti

Allegorical Tomb of Joseph Addison

Donato Creti

The Education of Achilles by Chiron

Donato Creti Painting - Alexander The Great Threatened By His Father by Donato Creti

Alexander The Great Threatened By His Father

Donato Creti Painting - A Sleeping Boy Holding An Apple by Donato Creti

A Sleeping Boy Holding An Apple

Donato Creti (24 February 1671 – 31 January 1749) was an Italian painter of the Rococo period, active mostly in Bologna. Born in Cremona, he moved to Bologna, where he was a pupil of Lorenzo Pasinelli. He is described by Wittkower as the "Bolognese Marco Benefial", in that his style was less decorative and edged into a more formal neoclassical style. It is an academicized grand style, that crystallizes into a manneristic neoclassicism, with crisp and frigid modeling of the figures. Among his followers were Aureliano Milani, Francesco Monti, and Ercole Graziani the Younger. Two other pupils were Domenico Maria Fratta and Giuseppe Peroni.

Astronomical canvases

One memorable conceit in Creti's output is a series of small canvases depicting celestial bodies, disproportionately sized and illuminated, above nocturnal landscapes. The paintings, commissioned in 1711 by the Bolognese count Luigi Marsili and intended as a gift to Pope Clement XI, were meant to accentuate the need for the Papal States to sponsor an astronomical observatory. With the support of Clement XI, the first public astronomical observatory in Italy was opened in Bologna a short time later. The eight small canvases display the sun, moon, a comet, and the then-known five planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn. His Jupiter depicts the Great Red Spot (first reported in 1665) and at least two moons [1].


Other works

Cleopatra at Blanton Museum, Austin, Texas
Alexander Threatened by his Father at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Artemisia Drinking the Ashes of Mausolus at the National Gallery, London
Achilles Handed over to Chiron at Palazzo d'Accursio, Bologna
Education of Achilles at Palazzo d'Accursio, Bologna
Mercury and Paris at Palazzo d'Accursio, Bologna
Charity at Palazzo d'Accursio, Bologna
Allegorical Tomb of Boyle, Locke, and Sydenham at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna
Allegorical Tomb of the Duke of Marlborough at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna
Landscape with Female Figures at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna
Visitation of the Virgin to Saint Elizabeth at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna
Achilles Dipped in the Styx at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna

References

http://www.idref.fr/159034736

Hobbes, James R. (1849). Picture collector's manual adapted to the professional man, and the amateur. T&W Boone, 29 Bond Street; Digitized by Googlebooks. p. 68.

Wittkower, Rudolf (1993). Pelican History of Art, ed. Art and Architecture Italy, 1600-1750. 1980. Penguin Books Ltd. pp. 471–2.
Catholic Encyclopedia article

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