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Flemish painter. He was the son of the composer Emanuel Adriaenssen and brother to the painters Vincent Adriaenssen (1595–1675) and Niclaes Adriaenssen (1598–1648/9). In 1597 he was apprenticed to Artus van Laeck (d 1616) and in 1610 became a master in the painters’ guild. In ...

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Gordon Campbell

Blown glass rose-water sprinkler with four spouts, made in Catalonia since the 17th century and subsequently produced in Venetian glasshouses. The Catalan dance known as the morratxa is so called because the dancers carry almorratxes.

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Alfonso Rodríguez Ceballos

Italian painter, draughtsman, engineer and stage designer, active also in central Europe and Spain . He was a pupil of Giovanni Bilivert from 1612 to 1620 and studied with Giulio Parigi. In 1622 he went to Vienna as assistant to Giovanni Pieroni da Galliano and thence to Prague, where he decorated the chapel (...

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W. Georg Rizzi

Italian architect, decorative artist, stage designer and painter, active also in Austria. He trained as a quadratura painter in Bologna, where he was a pupil of Giovanni Gioseffo dal Sole. He was recorded as working as a figure and quadratura painter in Vienna for Prince Montecuccoli in ...

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John Varriano

Italian architect and painter. She was the first woman to practise architecture whose reputation has survived to the present day. Her father, Giovanni Bricci (1579–1645), was a painter and musician, and her brother Basilio Bricci (1621–92) was himself an architect and painter. The full extent of her activities remains to be explored, but two commissions in Rome stand out. The first of these, the ...

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Trudy van Zadelhoff

Dutch etcher, painter, poet, musician and botanist. As early as 1610 he enrolled as a student at Leiden University. He was a member of the Muiderkring, a society to which such people as Caspar Barlaeus (1584–1648) and Constantijn Huygens belonged. Although he was a versatile artist, he seems to have been less successful on a social level. Much is known about his life from his correspondence with Huygens. In ...

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Carola Wenzel

Italian architect and stage designer, active in Austria. He went to Vienna in 1651 as the apprentice of his father, Giovanni Burnacini (d 1655), the Venetian theatre architect who introduced to Vienna the system of stage design developed by Giovanni Battista Aleotti and who produced stage sets in the Florentine–Venetian style of Giulio and Alfonso Parigi and Giacomo Torelli. Lodovico Burnacini was his father’s assistant until the latter’s death and succeeded him in the office of theatre architect and imperial court engineer to Emperor ...

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Italian, 16th – 17th century, male.

Born 1559, in Castelvecchio, in Cigoli according to the Larousse Dictionary; died 1613, in Rome.

Painter, sculptor, architect, poet, musician.

Florentine School.

Lodovoco Cardi began his studies under Alessandro Allori, and later became one of the most brilliant followers of Santi di Tito. According to Lanzi, he was taught drawing by Buontalenti. He was elected to membership of the Florence academy, following the submission of his painting of ...

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Giuliana Ricci

Italian architect, stage designer and writer. He was the brother-in-law of Giacomo Francesco Motta, superintendent of the Teatro Grande in Mantua, whose surname he adopted and who probably assisted him in his youth. He began working at the court of Mantua as a painter c....

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Giles Waterfield

English actor and collector. He was the son of an actor who was a friend of Edward Alleyn, founder of Dulwich College. He was himself first recorded on the stage in Norwich in 1635, but when the theatres closed down during the Commonwealth period he seems to have made his living as a bookseller in London. In ...

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French, 16th – 17th century, male.

Active in Laon, then in Rheims.

Born c. 1550; died c. 1620, in Laon.

Draughtsman, calligrapher, musician.

Paris (BNF): series of drawings

Rheims (Bibliothèque): series of drawings

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R. Nagaswamy

Temple site in Tamil Nadu, India, sacred to Shiva in his form as Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer. The Nataraja temple occupies an area of about 16 ha and consists of a complex series of walled enclosures containing shrines, halls and gateways built between the 12th and 20th centuries. The temple’s origin is ascribed to the sages Vyagrapada and Patanjali, and it has become associated with Appar and other southern saints. The ...

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Vincent Lieber

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E. Feinblatt

Italian painter and stage designer. A specialist in illusionistic architectural settings, or quadratura, he trained with Cesare Baglione (c. 1550–1615). His dramatically lit settings, which display realistic and well-proportioned architecture, departed from Baglione’s Mannerist fantasy and established classical ceiling decoration in Bologna. His ...

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Italian, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 28 June 1674, in Rome; died 5 March 1755, in Rome.

Painter, engraver, musician, scholar. Religious subjects, portraits.

Pierleone Ghezzi was the son and pupil of Giuseppe Ghezzi. He was commissioned by Pope Benedict XIV, together with L. Garzi, F. Trevisani and B. Luti, to paint, among other things, a series of ...

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Italian architect, stage designer and musician, active in Poland. He arrived in Poland before 1632, being court architect first to King Sigismund III, then to Vladislav IV and John II Kazimir. Between 1643 and 1654 Gisleni was noted at the Polish court not only as a singer and composer but also as a director and designer of ephemeral decorations. His immense though mostly unrealized architectural and decorative oeuvre is chiefly known from three collections: the album ...

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(b Thiers, Puy-de-Dôme, c. 1624; d Paris, 16 April 1705). French writer and stage designer. He began his career as a stage designer for the actors at the Hôtel de Bourgogne, Paris. His first important work was Athènes ancienne et nouvelle (1675...

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David Howarth

English composer, dealer and painter. He was indentured as a child to Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, the most powerful politician of the age; Cecil built on a princely scale and was an avid collector, particularly of Venetian pictures and drawings by Palladio. Lanier then entered the household of Henry, Prince of Wales, another leading patron of the arts. In ...

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Born 1588, in London; died 1665, in London.

Painter, engraver, musician.

The son of the musician Jérôme Lanière, Nicolas came to England to join Queen Elizabeth's orchestra, and was leader of Charles I's group of musicians. He composed, alone or in collaboration, the music of several ...

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Spanish, 17th century, male.

Born 1613, in Madrid; died 1667, in Madrid.

Painter, poet, musician. Portraits.

Eugenio de las Cuevas was the son and pupil of Pedro de las Cuevas. His small portraits were much admired at the Spanish court. He was painter to Philip IV and taught drawing to the Infante, Don Juan of Austria....