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Giuseppe Natali (1652–1722) was an Italian painter of the Baroque period, active mainly in Cremona and Lombardy.


Biography

He was born in Casalmaggiore, near Cremona. He was the son of a Giovanni Battista Natali (Bologna, c 1630 - Cremona, c 1700) and grandson of Carlo Natali (il Guardolino), and pupil of Pietro da Cortona in Rome, returned to work in Cremona.[1]

He became a noted painter of quadratura, and received his first training locally with Girolamo Pellizoni Crescini.[2] and was influenced by painters of this genre in Rome and Bologna, including Girolamo Curti, Angelo Michele Colonna, and Agostino Mitelli. His brothers Francesco, Lorenzo, and Pietro were assistants in his studio. He had a son and nephew, named Giovanni Battista Natali, both painters.

Among his works in Cremona, are frescoes for the following sites:[3]

Chapel of St Catherine in Church of San Domenico
Parish church of Sant'Andrea
St Andrew Crucified altar church of San Pietro al Po
Presbytery of San Sigismondo
Church of San Domenico at the porta delle Beccarie vecchie
Chapel in Church of San Imerio
Church of San Sigismondo
Church of San Francesco: altarpiece

References

Farquhar, Maria (1855). Ralph Nicholson Wornum, ed. Biographical catalogue of the principal Italian painters. Woodfall & Kinder, Angel Court, Skinner Street, London; Digitized by Googlebooks from Oxford University copy on Jun 27, 2006. p. 111.

La pittura cremonese, by Principe Bartolommeo de Soresina Vidoni, page 137-137.
Memorie degli uomini illustri di Casalmaggiore, Volume 9, by Abate Giovanni Romani, (1830) page 493.
Memorie degli uomini illustri di Casalmaggiore, Volume 9, 1830, page 492-498.

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