(b Molfetta, nr. Bari, 8 Feb. 1703; d Naples, 18 Apr. 1766). Italian painter. Giaquinto was the most distinguished pupil of Solimena in Naples and is generally considered a member of the Neapolitan School, but he spent most of his highly successful career in Rome (he was based there 1727–53) and subsequently in Spain (1753–62), where he worked for Ferdinand VI. He was mainly a fresco decorator and apart from Giambattista Tiepolo he was probably the most renowned European artist of his day in this field; he also painted altarpieces.
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)