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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1 August 1860, in Pau; died 25 January 1918, in Pau.

Painter, draughtsman (including red chalk), pastellist, decorative artist. Portraits, genre scenes, religious subjects.

Henry Castaing studied from 1881 to 1883 under Victor Venat in Pau, then spent two years in Italy where he studied composition at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome under Brushi and Sciuti. He enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he worked under William Laparra, Léon Bonnat and Benjamin Constant. Following his return to the French capital in ...


Italian, 16th century, male.

Born 1509, in Gandino near Bergamo; died 1579, in Madrid, in 1569 according to the Larousse Dictionary.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman (including wash), architect, decorative artist, art restorer. Religious subjects, historical subjects, mythological subjects. Wall decorations, frescoes.

After a study trip to Rome, paid for by his protector Tobia Pallavicini, Giovanni Battista Castello (Il Bergamasco) produced a series of works in Genoa and Bergamo. His best-known works in Bergamo include the fresco ...


British, 18th century, male.

Born 1728, in Norwich; died 1798, in London.

Painter, draughtsman, decorative designer. Animals, landscapes, religious subjects. Coats of arms.

As a young man, Charles Catton was apprenticed to a coach painter in London. He acquired a significant reputation for this work, his skill and knowledge in painting coats of arms and other similar designs gaining him the post of carriage painter to King George III. He was one of the founder members of the Royal Academy and also belonged to the St Martin's Lane Academy. In ...


British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1737, in Winchester; died 27 November 1813, in Winchester.

Painter. Decorative schemes, historical, mythological and religious subjects.

William Cave belonged to a family of artists and engravers. He married Ann Broadway in 1759. He and his three sons were active in the Winchester area, painting religious scenes in the Catholic chapel, mythological figures in the theatre and decorative panels wherever required....


Italian, 16th – 17th century, male.

Active in Rome, then in Madrid.

Born to a family originally from Arezzo (Tuscany); died 1612.

Painter. Religious subjects. Decorative schemes.

Madrid School.

Patrizio Caxes left Rome and moved to Madrid in 1567, where he produced some paintings for the Alcazar, and worked on the high altar in the church of S Felipe de Real. He held the title of painter to the king for 44 years, during the reigns of both Philip II and Philip III, and was more or less a permanent fixture at the royal court. Along with Bartolome Carducho he painted the room in the royal palace at Valladolid, north-west Spain, in which Queen Margaret held a ball in ...


Russian, 20th century, male.

Active naturalised in France from 1937.

Born 7 July 1887, in Vitebsk; died 28 March 1985, in St-Paul-de-Vence, France.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, sculptor, ceramicist, engraver, decorative artist, illustrator. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, landscapes with figures. Murals, designs for stained glass, designs for mosaics, low reliefs...


Canadian, 19th century, male.

Painter, decorative designer. Religious subjects.

The Abbé Chobert was the director of a school of decoration.


German, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 16 October 1726, in Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland); died 7 February 1801, in Berlin.

Painter, engraver, miniaturist, enameller, illustrator. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes.

Of Polish origin, he went to Berlin in 1743. Originally a painter of enamels, he then, after studying under Christian Bernhard Rode, gained a name for himself through the publication of the Berlin academy almanac, for which he executed a series of plates illustrating the main scenes of the ...


German, 18th century, male.

Born 1706, in Riedlingnen (Württemberg); died 1777, in Riedlingnen.

Sculptor. Religious subjects.

One of the sculptors of the German Rococo movement. With the cabinetmaker Martin Hermann he made the stalls of the Benedictine abbeys of Zwielfalten ( Scenes from the Life of the Virgin...


Swiss, 20th century, male.

Born 22 March 1879, in Geneva; died 8 November 1945, in Lausanne.

Painter (including gouache), pastellist, illustrator, decorative artist, art restorer. Scenes with figures, figures, portraits, waterscapes. Frescoes, designs for stained glass, designs for mosaics, church decoration, stage sets.

Alexandre Cingria was descended from a famous Levantine family and the brother of the writer Charles-Albert Cingria. He studied at the university and art schools in Geneva, the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the academies in Munich and on several occasions in Florence. He started painting in ...


Italian, 15th century, male.

Born 5 June 1436, in Lucca; died 12 October 1501, in Lucca.

Sculptor, architect. Religious furnishings (altars).

Florentine School.

Matteo Civitali was a pupil of Antonio Rossellino, then worked with his master in Florence. He was responsible for introducing printing to Lucca. His work as an architect includes the Palazzo Pretorio in Lucca: its plans are attributed to him. He was a humanist, and his first works as a sculptor were representations of humanists of his day: ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 15 June 1879, in Paris; died 26 April 1963, in Montmorency.

Painter, potter, designer. Mythological and religious subjects, portraits, nudes, landscapes, urban landscapes, still-lifes. Wall decorations, designs for stained glass.

Georges-Louis Claude was educated at the Bernard Palissy college of design in Paris and went on to teach decorative painting at the school of applied arts there (now the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Olivier de Serres), where his students included the future master painter-on-glass Paul Bony and the poster artist Hervé Morvan....


French, 18th century, male.

Born 1717, in Paris; died 1807, in Rheims.

Painter, draughtsman. Religious subjects, portraits. Decorative schemes.

Jean Clermont exhibited in Paris in 1753, 1756 and 1762. He then travelled to England, where he carried out decorative works for Horace Walpole, Lord Stafford and the Prince of Wales. Back in France, the Académie appointed him to teach art in Rheims (...


Italian, 18th century, male.

Active in Naples.

Born 1680, in Naples; died 1750.

Painter. Religious subjects, landscapes with figures.

A pupil of Orizzonte, he was employed as a decorator at the court of Charles de Bourbon.

Naples: two paysages

Paris, 19 March 1966...


Italian, 16th – 17th century, male.

Born 1560, in Naples; died c. 1620, in Turin, or in Rome.

Painter, decorative artist. Religious subjects, landscapes.

Marzio de Colantonio worked for the Prince of Savoy. He was skilled in the art of grotesques (for example, in the church of S Maria d'Aracoeli in Rome) and landscapes. He also painted some small-scale frescoes....


French, 15th century, male.

Sculptor, painter. Religious subjects. Decorative schemes.

From 1462 to 1481 Jacquet Cordonnier II worked for Troyes Cathedral, carving, among other things, Cain and Abel for the porch, and figures of angels, St Peter, and a crucifix for a reliquary. In 1486...


French, 17th century, male.

Born 2 December 1649, in Paris; died 12 April 1695, in Paris.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman (including red chalk). Historical subjects, mythological subjects, religious subjects, figures, portraits. Wall decorations, church decoration.

Jean-Baptiste Corneille learned his craft under the direction of his father, Michel Corneille, and Errard. On 14 February 1679, he married Madeleine Mariette, the aunt of the author Mariette, who wrote a famous dictionary entitled ...


German, 19th century, male.

Born 1783, in Düsseldorf; died 1867, in Berlin.

Painter, fresco artist, draughtsman (including ink/wash), illustrator, decorative designer. Historical subjects, religious subjects, figures, nudes, portraits. Church decoration, murals, decorative designs.

Nazarenes group.

He began by studying at the academy in his native Düsseldorf. According to some sources, he also studied in Munich and in Berlin. At the age of 19 he decorated the church at Reuss with frescoes. In 1811 he went to Rome, where he joined the Nazarenes, who occupied the monastery of Sant'Isodoro where they led a quasi-monastic existence, gaining inspiration for their paintings from the art of the early Italian Renaissance. It is evident that they drew on the same source of inspiration as the English Pre-Raphaelites. In 1816 the Prussian consul general in Rome commissioned the Nazarenes to decorate the Zuccaro Palace. Cornelius was involved in this, painting ...


Spanish, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1862, in Huesca; died 1928.

Painter, sculptor, decorative artist. Religious subjects.

Coronas, a coadjutor of the Jesuits, lived and worked in numerous towns in Spain, where he covered the walls of religious buildings with his compositions.

Arnáiz, José Manuel...


Italian, 16th century, male.

Born c. 1489, in Correggio (Modena); died 5 March 1534, in Correggio.

Painter, draughtsman, decorative artist. Religious subjects, mythological subjects. Murals.

Parma School.

Correggio was little known in his lifetime, but after his death his work provided inspiration to many artists, including Parmigianino in Parma, Camillo Boccaccino in Cremona, and Federico Barocci in Urbino. During the 17th and 18th centuries, his reputation equalled that of Raphael. He is now recognised as the most important northern Italian artist working outside Venice in the first half of the 16th century....