(1647–1705). Austrian painter active in Italy. He was born in Vienna but after a duel fled to Venice and trained there under Johann Carl Loth (1632–98) until c. 1680 when he transferred to Rome. By 1683 he was a member of the Accademia dei Virtuosi al Pantheon, and in 1686 he was elected to the Accademia di S. Luca, Rome, confirming his high standing among Roman collectors and his fellow artists. He gravitated to the circle of artists associated with Maratti, including Chiari and Giacinto Calandrucci (1646–1707), and probably received commissions through his mentor. An erotic, brightly toned Venus Cupid, Ceres and Bacchus (Burghley House, Lincs.) is based on a Maratti drawing and with its pendant, a Sleeping Venus (s.d. 1684), was bought in Rome by the 5th Earl of Exeter, a regular client of Maratti's. In 1688 Seiter took up an invitation to work for Victor Amadeus II, Duke of Turin (ruled 1675–1730). He undertook an extensive programme of decoration at the Palazzo Reale, most notably the Apotheosis of Victor-Amadeus II, with further pictures of Apollo and Aurora, in the newly named Galleria di Daniele (1690–3). In 1696 he was made principal court painter. His presence in Turin marked a new phase of Grand Manner painting in the city.
From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.