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Oliviero Gatti (1579[1]–1648[2]), an Italian painter and engraver, was a native of Parma. He was a scholar of Giovanni Lodovico Valesio, and, from the resemblance of his style, although greatly inferior, to that of Agostino Carracci, was probably instructed in engraving by that master. His works as a painter are little known; but he engraved several plates, some of which are after his own designs, which possess considerable merit. He was received into the Academy at Bologna in 1626, and was working in that city up to 1648.

The following prints are by him:

St. Francis Xavier kneeling on the sea-shore, and taking up a Crucifix, which is floating on the water; after his own design.
The Virgin caressing the Infant Christ; after Lorenzo Garbieri.
St. Jerome; after Agostino Carracci. 1602.
St. Roch. 1605.
An emblematical subject, representing an Armorial Bearing, supported by two River Gods, with an armed figure, standing alone, surrounded by Jupiter, Hercules, Neptune, Apollo, and Minerva; after L. Carracci.
A set of four small plates, representing the Deity forming the World, the Creation of Adam, the Sacrifice of Abraham, and Judith with the Head of Holofernes; after Pordenone.
A drawing-book; after the designs of Guercino.


Lafranconi, Matteo (1999). Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani - Volume 52 (in Italian). Treccani.

Benezit Dictionary of Artists. 2006. ISBN 9780199773787.

This article incorporates text from the article "GATTI, Oliviero" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.
Further reading

Pauli Maccii Emblemata, Coriolano, Giovanni Battista, Gatti, Oliviero, Parisini, Agostino, Macchio, Florio, Bologna 1628. Internet Archive

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