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Giovanni Battista Vanni

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Abraham and the Three Angels

Ecstasy of St. Mary Magdalene

Giovanni Battista Vanni (c. 1599 – 27 July 1660) was an Italian painter and engraver of the Baroque period.


Biography

He was born in either Pisa or Florence around 1599; he studied successively under Jacopo da Empoli, Aurelio Lomi, and Matteo Rosselli, and then became a disciple of Cristofano Allori. He is better known as an engraver than as a painter. From 1624 to 1632, he lived in Rome, then returning to Florence after visiting Venice.

He etched a set of fifteen Plates from Correggio's frescoes in the cupola of San Giovanni Evangelista in Parma, depicting the Vision of St. John on Patmos and of his canvas of The Martyrdom of St. Placidus. He also engraved Paolo Veronese's Marriage at Cana. His works include a Triumph of David, now in the palace of the Alberti in Prato, an Annunciation for the church of San Francesco di Paola in Florence and a Saint Sebastian Healed at the Feet of the Virgin for the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini in Rome. He frescoed a Meal in the house of the Pharisee for a refectory attached to the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence.

He died at Florence in 1660.
Sources

Bryan, Michael (1889). Walter Armstrong & Robert Edmund Graves, ed. Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical (Volume II L-Z). York St. No. 4, Covent Garden, London; Original from Fogg Library, Digitized May 18, 2007: George Bell and Sons. pp. page 633.

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