Tommaso Dolabella

(c. 1570—1650)

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(b Belluno, c. 1570; d Kraków, 17 Jan 1650). Italian painter, active in Poland. In Venice c. 1585–90 he assisted Antonio Vassilacchi (1556–1629), a pupil of Paolo Veronese (1528–88). Of his many paintings there the ceiling (1592) of the Sala del Senato in the Doge's Palace is outstanding; he also painted a cycle of ten scenes of the Life of Christ (1592–4) for S Pietro, Perugia. In 1598 King Sigismund III Vasa brought him to Kraków, then the capital of Poland, naming him pictor regius. Wawel Castle in Kraków needed decoration following a fire in 1595: the King looked to the renowned Venetian style, already represented in Kraków by works by Titian (c. 1485/90–1576) and Veronese. Dolabella worked for Sigismund uninterruptedly until c. 1609, producing many military and historical pieces celebrating his rule, besides portraits of the royal family. Of these, only the portrait of Sigismund III on Horseback (c. 1611; Kraków, Wawel Castle) survives.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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