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The Adoration of the Shepherds
Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

The Adoration of the Shepherds c. 1650–1659

Francesco Maffei (1605–1660)

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
(b Vicenza, c.1605; d Padua, 2 July 1660). Italian painter, active for much of his career in Venice. He had a refreshingly individualistic style, carrying on the great painterly tradition of Bassano and Tintoretto, reinforced by the example of Feti, Liss, and Strozzi, to which he added his own note of mysterious and sometimes bizarre fantasy. He painted religious and mythological scenes and also allegorical portraits of local officials.

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


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