Bolognese painter Domenico Zampieri, known as Domenichino, was supposedly born on this day in 1581. A student of Denis Calvaert and a member of the Carracci Academy, Domenichino was one of the leading proponents of the classical style that dominated the Roman art scene in the early seventeenth century. Like the Carracci, Domenichino looked to the High Renaissance master Raphael as a model and received important commissions for altarpieces, fresco cycles, and portraits.
Reference: Elizabeth Cropper. “Domenichino.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.<http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T023167>.
Madonna and Child with St Petronius and St John the Evangelist, 1629, oil on canvas, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome
Last Communion of St Jerome, 1614, oil on canvas, Rome: Pinacoteca Vaticana; photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY
St. Cecilia Distributing Alms and St. Cecilia before the Judge, 1612-15, fresco, Polet Chapel, San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome
Diana and her Nymphs, 1616-17, oil on canvas, Galleria Borghese, Rome
Calling of the Apostles, 1624-5, fresco, Sant'Andrea della Valle, Rome
Portrait of Monsignor Giovanni Battista Agucchi, 1615-20, oil on canvas, York Art Gallery
A Sibyl (c.1620). Domenichino (Italian, 1581-1641). Oil on canvas. The Wallace Collection.
Pictures of Sibyls provided
artists with a legitimate excuse to depict beautiful young women in exotic dress. Domenichino painted at least two other Sibyls. The three closely-related works depict richly-attired women with elaborate headdresses. The Wallace picture exhibits greater freedom of touch and is generally considered to be earlier, and to date from around 1620.
Saint Cecilia [with an Angel Holding a Musical Score] (c.1617-1618). Domenichino (1581–1641). Oil on canvas. Louvre.
This painting, commissioned by the Cardinal Ludovico Lodovisi, was inspired by Raphael’s St Cecilia.
Domenichino upheld of the tradition of Bolognese classicism. By 1610, he was established as Rome’s leading painter and had a succession of major decorative commissions, among them scenes from the life of St Cecilia in San Luigi dei Francesi (1613-14).