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Dutch, 18th century, male.

Active also active in France.

Born 1731, in The Hague; died 1809.

Painter, decorative artist. Allegorical subjects.

Dirck van der Aa was originally a pupil of Johann Heinrich Keller, and later of Gerrit Mes. He had a remarkable gift for composition and execution and was a talented colourist and draughtsman - all the qualities required to be a fine decorative artist. Later in his career he worked in partnership with his former teacher Gerrit Mes. Decorative panels for carriages were very fashionable at the period and the two artists established a strong reputation in this field. One of van der Aa's most important pieces is a room he decorated in the house of Baron de Heeckeren in The Hague. He is also known for the decoration he executed for the arrival of William IV at The Hague on ...

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Active at the beginning of the 18th century.

Painter, decorative designer.

A pupil of Fernando Galli, Abbati was involved in various decorative projects in Parma. He is known to have been in Turin in 1700, and subsequently in Bologna and Vienna (where he was still active in ...

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 30 April 1764, in Milan; died 11 February 1849, in Florence.

Painter, draughtsman (including ink), watercolourist, engraver (line-engraving). Allegorical subjects, historical subjects, battles, genre scenes, scenes with figures. Decorative schemes, church decoration, decorative designs.

After studying in Milan and Rome, Ademollo was invited to Florence to decorate the Teatro della Pergola (which has since been destroyed). He settled in Florence until his death and was widely regarded as one of the neo-classical masters of the Tuscan School. At the start of his career, he painted principally arabesques, but went on to develop his technique to the point where Ferdinand III commissioned him to decorate the Pitti Palace and to paint historical and allegorical subjects for its individual rooms. One of his best-known works is ...

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German, 18th century, male.

Born 1700; died 1755.

Painter, decorative designer.

Active in Leipzig.

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Spanish, 18th century, male.

Active still alive in 1803.

Born 1723.

Painter, decorative artist. Historical subjects.

Alanis taught at the academy of arts in Seville for 25 years. His most highly praised works were the decorative paintings adorning the façade of the Chapter Houses of Seville Cathedral, to mark the visit of King Charles IV of Spain....

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French, 18th century, male.

Born 1728, in Lautrec (Tarn); died probably, in Lautrec (Tarn).

Painter, decorative artist, tapestry maker.

Alaux's father was Pierre Alaux, a master tapestry maker, and his grandfather was Gilles Alaux, a master sculptor.

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French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 16 July 1756, in Lautrec (Tarn); died most probably, in Bordeaux.

Painter, decorative designer. Theatre decoration.

Pierre-Joseph Alaux studied painting and decoration with his father, Joseph, a painter, decorator and master weaver born at the beginning of the 18th century. Pierre-Joseph had several children, including three painter sons: Jean-Pierre the Elder, who created the 'neorama', Jean, nicknamed Romain, and Jean-Paul, known as Gentil. He worked principally in Bordeaux, a town then expanding rapidly, and where in ...

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Active in Ferrara.

Died c. 1748.

Painter, decorative designer. Allegorical subjects.

Bruges, 5 Nov 1966: Allegorical Scene, BEF 12,000

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Painter. Theatre decoration.

Studied under Ferdinando Galli Bibiena and was a member of the Bologna academy. He participated in ornamental work for theatres in Bologna, Rovigo, Modena and elsewhere.

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German, 18th century, male.

Painter, decorative designer. Murals.

He is recorded as having worked on the decoration of Prince Henry of Prussia's summer palace in Rheinsberg around 1754.