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The Finding of Moses
Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

The Finding of Moses early 1630s

Orazio Gentileschi (1563–1639)

The National Gallery, London

(bapt. Pisa, 9 July 1563; d London, 7 Feb. 1639). Italian painter, active mainly in Rome, where he settled in about 1576. After working in a Mannerist style he became one of the closest and most gifted of Caravaggio's followers. He was one of the few Caravaggisti who were friends of the master, and in 1603 he and Caravaggio and two other artists were sued for libel by Giovanni Baglione. Gentileschi's work does not have the power and uncompromising naturalism of Caravaggio, tending rather towards the lyrical and refined. His figures are graceful, stately, and clearly disposed, with sharp-edged drapery—qualities recalling his Tuscan heritage. In 1621 he moved to Genoa, where he stayed until 1623; while there he painted an Annunciation (Gal. Sabauda, Turin) that is often considered his masterpiece.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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