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Pietro Testa

1611-1650 Italy/Baroque


Brief Biography-Pietro Testa, (II Lucchesino), born in Lucca, was a disciple of Domenichino in Rome. He entered the studio of Pietro da Cortona studio but got dismissed for disrespecting that master. He endured extreme poverty until Joachim von Sandrart took him under his wing and found him employment in the gallery of Prince Justiniani. Testa was a painter but mainly occupied himself as a draughtsman designing prints that eventually sold well. Federico Barocci and Leonardo da Vinci were strong influences on his work. Sadly, he died when he dived into the Tiber to retrieve his hat, which blew from his head into the river while sketching on the bank. Many of his works are in Lucca.


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aeneas on the bank
of the river styx

aeneas on the bank of the river styx

alexander the great

alexander the great rescued from the river cydnus

of sinorice

death of sinorice

with satir

landscape with satir

of galatea

triumph of galatea