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Onofrio Gabrieli (April 2, 1619 – September 26, 1706) was an Italian painter of the Baroque period.

He was born in Gesso, near Messina, and had his initial studies in Messina under Antonio Alberti detto Barbalonga. He then moved to Rome, where he worked in the studios of Nicolas Poussin and Pietro da Cortona. In 1641, he traveled to the Veneto (mainly Venice and Padua) to work with Domenico Maroli, established relationships with the Borromeo family in Padua and returned, in 1650, to Messina. In 1678, he fled the city to avoid Spanish repression, seeking refuge initially in France and then in Padua, Mantua, and Ancona. Pardoned, he returned to Messina in 1701. He died in 1706, in Gesso.

Many of his paintings in Messina were destroyed by the earthquakes of 1783 and 1908. Only his Madonna del Soccorso remains presently in the Museo Regionale. In Milazzo, he painted in the churches of San Giuseppe and San Papino. Other paintings by Onofrio Gabrieli are in the following Sicilian towns: Siracusa, Randazzo, Monforte San Giorgio, Contesse, and Gesso. He painted an altarpiece of the Virgin with child, Saints Clare, John the evangelist, and Nicolò (1695), for the church of Santa Chiara in Montelupone nelle Marche. He also frescoed biblical themes for the villa Borromeo in Padua. Other paintings with biblical themes are in the church in Montagnana and in the church of Our Lady of Carmel in Padua.


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. pp. 66–67.

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