Pietro da Cortona- real name Berettini

1596-1669 Italy/Mannerism-Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Berettini known as Pietro da Cortona architect and painter was born in Cortona. He was tutored by his uncle Filippo Berettini and the artist Andrea Commodi before entering the atelier of Baccio Ciarpi. In Rome he studied the works of Michelangelo and Raphael. His works caught the attention of Pope Urban VIII who commissioned him to paint in the church of Santa Bibiena. The artist Agostino Ciampelli resented a young man undertaking such work until he realized what he could achieve. His success on that task led to further commissions. He visited Venice and was employed by the Grand Duke Ferdinand II to paint in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. During his stay, he fell out with some artists who were jealous of him and he left Florence without finishing some works. In Rome, he worked for Alexander VII who bestowed on him the order of the Golden Spur. He was mostly a painter of frescos but also did many easel paintings. He died in Rome in 1669.

 

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age of bronze

age of bronze


age of iron

age of iron


age of gold

age of gold

ceiling vault in
the salone

ceiling vault in the salone

resting on the
flight to egypt

holy family resting on the flight to egypt

madonna
and saints

madonna and saints


marcello sacchetti

marcello sacchetti


pieta

pieta

romulus and remus
given shelter

romulus and remus given shelter by faustulus

alliance of jacob
and laban

the alliance of jacob and laban

the guardian
angel

the guardian angel

the punishment of
hercules

the punishment of hercules by Pietro da Cortona

the stoning of
saint stephen

the stoning of saint stephen

the rape of the
sabine women

the rape of the sabine women

venus as huntress
appears to aeneas

venus as huntress appears to aeneas

virgin and child
with saints

virgin and child with saints

vision of saint
filippo neri

vision of saint filippo neri