Giovanni Serodine


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(1600–30). Italian painter and stuccoist; his family originated from Ascona on Lake Maggiore but he may have been born at Rome. After a tentative start to his career as a stuccoist and decorator at Spoleto in 1624, he appears to have turned to oil painting in a naturalistic Caravaggesque style c. 1625. His earliest paintings may be The Calling of the Sons of Zebedee and Christ at Emmaus (Ascona, parish church). These were probably followed by two pictures for S. Lorenzo fuori le mura, Rome: the Almsgiving of S. Lawrence (now Casamari, parish church) and the Beheading of S. John the Baptist (in situ). His private clients at Rome included Duke Asdrubale Mattei, a patron of Caravaggio, for whom he painted the Tribute Money (Edinburgh, NG Scotland) and the Meeting of S. Peter and S. Paul (Rome, Barberini Gal.), both first recorded in an inventory of 1631. These naturalistic easel pictures, together with a Christ among the Doctors (Paris, Louvre) of similar dimensions and horizontal format, all broadly painted with great immediacy and rich impasto, are distinct in technique from both Caravaggio's and Manfredi's far more restrained and tightly controlled style. Serodine continued in this manner up to the Coronation of the Virgin (1630; Ascona, parish church), which narrowly preceded his premature death.

From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.

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