Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630)

"The Cavalier Ottavio Leoni, the son of Ludovico Leoni, Padovano, was likewise known as Padovano although he was born in Rome. His father desired him to devote to painting and particularly to make portraits "alla macchia", a skill in which Ludovico was practised himself. Ottavio did so but specialized in portraits of reduced dimensions, and …

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The Noble Musician

POMPEO BATONI (1708-1787) John Montagu, Marquess of Monthermer (1758) Oil on canvas (96.5 x 71 cm) The Duke of Buccleuch   In my previous post, The Marquess of Monthermer I mentioned that the young Lord Brudenell commissioned portraits from Batoni and Mengs. Whereas the latter chose to portray the English nobleman as a gentleman-scholar Batoni …

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Portrait of a Knight of Malta

CARAVAGGIO (1571-1610) Portrait of Alof de Wignacourt (c. 1608) Oil on canvas (118 x 95 cm) Palazzo Pitti,  Florence The Portrait of a Knight of Malta is one of the works that the Italian scholar Gregori has convincingly identified as belonging to the artist's late period. The painting shows a confidence of modelling that is characteristic of …

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