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Andrea Sacchi

1599-1661 Italy/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Andrea Sacchi, called Ouche, was born in Rome in 1599 and became a painter, draughtsman and architect. Sacchi entered the atelier of Cavalier d'Arpino and later Francesco Albani in Rome, where the works of Raphael greatly influenced him. Cardinal Barberini was a devout patron of Sacchi and employed him at his palace. At the Academy of Saint Luke, Sacchi famously debated with his contemporary Pietro da Cortona about the number of figures that should be in history paintings, possibly rebelling against 'horror vacui' or cramming, subsequently distracting from individual characters. Whereas Cortona maintained more figures would lead to diversity in the subject. Sacchi had many followers in Rome whom he influenced, Carlo Maratta being his most notable. The public buildings of Rome contain numerous frescoes by Sacchi.

 

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fresco at the palazzo
barberini

fresco at  the palazzo barberini

saint francis marrying
poverty

saint francis marrying poverty

anthony abbot and
francis of assisi

 anthony abbot and francis of assisi

marcantonio pasquilini
crowned by apollo

marcantonio pasquilini crowned by apollo

vision of saint
romuald

vision of saint romuald