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Magnasco, Alessandro

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI:
Magnasco, Alessandro

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Italian, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 1667, in Genoa; died 12 March 1749, in Genoa.

Painter. Religious subjects, genre scenes, landscapes, landscapes with figures.

Milanese School.

Initially Alessandro Magnasco studied with his father, Stefano, upon whose death in about 1680-1682, he went to Milan and worked in the studio of the Venetian painter Abbiati. Under Abbiati's direction Magnasco painted a series of portraits that are now lost; after a while he devoted himself to genre painting. It has been claimed that Salvator Rosa, Callot, Cerquozzi, Van Laer, Breughel and Teniers were early influences on him, but in fact the only clear influences are Rosa and Callot, who above all gave him the taste for the small figures sparkling with life that are essential to his paintings. We know that Magnasco also painted large religious pictures, but the only one to have survived is the ...

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Subjects: Painting ; Religious Art ; Christian Art ; 18th-Century Art

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