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Matteo Rosselli

The Archangel Michael Print by Matteo Rosselli

The Archangel Michael

Judith and Holofernes Print by Matteo Rosselli

Judith and Holofernes

Sacrifice of Isaac Print by Matteo Rosselli

Sacrifice of Isaac

The Holy Family with the Annunciation to the Shepherds in the Distance Print by Matteo Rosselli

The Holy Family with the Annunciation to the Shepherds in the Distance

Diana the Huntress Print by Matteo Rosselli

Diana the Huntress

Matteo Rosselli

Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well.

Esther before Ahasuerus Print by Matteo Rosselli

Esther before Ahasuerus

Matteo Rosselli (10 August 1578 – 18 January 1650) was an Italian painter of the late Florentine Counter-Mannerism and early Baroque. He is best known however for his highly populated grand-manner historical paintings.

Biography

He first apprenticed with Gregorio Pagani. On 26 February 1599, he was inducted to the Accademia del Disegno, and in 1605 traveled to Rome to work with Domenico Passignano for six months.

He completed some frescoes on lives of Servite monks (1614–1618) in the Palazzo Pitti and in the Cloister of the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata; a Madonna and child with Saint Francis altarpiece for the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Florence; and an Adoration of the Magi (1607) for the Church of Sant'Andrea in Montevarchi. He painted a Crucifixion (1613) now in the parish church at Scarperia. He painted a Last Supper (1614) now in Conservatorio di San Pier Martire. Upon the French monarch's death, he was commissioned two commemorative paintings of events in the life of Henry IV: his visit to Nantes and Gaudabec (1610). He also completed an Assumption (1613) for the church of San Domenico in Pistoia. He painted a number of frescoes for the Casa Buonarroti based on events of Michelangelo's life, including Fortifications of San Miniato (1615) and two others (1627 and 1628), all commissioned by his nephew, Michelangelo Buonarroti the younger.


Career
Matteo Rosselli, Santa Cecilia (1615-20),

In 1621, he was commissioned to paint a Triumph of David (Pitti) and a Lot and his Daughters and Tobias and Angel (Galleria Corsini). Further decorations (1622–1623) were commissioned by Leopoldo de' Medici for the Casino di San Marco: Frederick II rebuilds the Port of Livorno and the Capture of Ippona (Florence, Corte d'Assise). Leopoldo also commissioned from Rosselli the allegorical paintings (1622) in the Sala della Stufa in Palazzo Pitti.

He frescoed in reception rooms of the Villa di Poggio Imperiale with scenes portraying European emperors amid biblical and historical scenes (1619–1623). He painted a Madonna of the Rosary (1649) for the Cathedral of Pietrasanta and a canvas of the Mission of Saint Paul in Damascus (frame by Nero di Porta Venere, for the Duomo di Volterra. The largest collection of Rosselli drawings is contained within the Louvre Museum, Paris, with many being preliminary sketches for other works.

Among his many pupils were Baldassare Franceschini (il Volterrano), Lorenzo Lippi, Francesco Furini, Giovanni da San Giovanni (Giovanni Mannozzi), and Jacopo Vignali.[1]

Notes

Wittkower R. p344

References

Wittkower, Rudolf (1993). Pelican History of Art, Art and Architecture Italy, 1600–1750. 1980. Penguin Books Ltd. p. 344.

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