Pietro Dandini

1646-1712 Italy/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Pietro Dandini from Florence had his first instruction from the Florentine calligrapher and draughtsman Valerio Spada. His uncle, the reputable artist Vincenzo Dandini who had been instructed by Pietro da Cortona, on seeing his talents took him into his atelier. He saw to it that Pietro attended lectures on human anatomy to understand the structure of the body. Due to his excellent instruction, he became one of the most successful Florentine artists of his time. He toured Italy and spent much time in Venice copying the works of artists such as Veronese, Titian and Tintoretto; Correggio also influenced him. On his return to Florence, Grand Cosimo III and Prince Ferdinand engaged him doing mostly frescos. His works consisted of universal subjects from landscapes to portraits; his perception of Chiaroscuro was of note. His sons Octtavianno and Vincenzo also became artists. His uncle Cesare who also instructed his younger brother Vincenzo was the first successful artist of the family.

 

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decollation of saint
john the baptist

decollation of saint john the baptist

design for a ceiling
decoration

design for a ceiling decoration with neptune and the four continents

judith with the head
of holofernes

judith with the head of holofernes

solomon and
the queen of sheba

Solomon and the queen of sheba

the crowning of
bacchus

the crowning of bacchus

birth of
the virgin

birth of the virgin