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Portuguese, 18th century, male.

Born 1741; died 1795.

Painter, watercolourist, decorative artist. Religious subjects, landscapes with figures, scenes with figures. Murals, stage sets.

Araujo was above all a skilled painter of scenery. He managed the theatre in Lisbon's Bairo Alto. After entering the Third Franciscan Order's Convent of Jesus, he quickly realised he had mistaken his true vocation. Having made several paintings in the monastery, he abandoned monastic life and later married....


Italian, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 18 August 1657, in Bologna; died 3 January 1743, in Bologna.

Painter, draughtsman, decorative designer, architect. Architectural views, church interiors, harbour scenes. Church decoration, stage sets.

Son of Giovanni Maria Galli, Ferdinando Bibiena studied alongside his father under Carlo Cignani and went on to work for the architect Troili (known as Paradosso) and for Mannini and Aldrovandini. His mentor Cignani recommended him to Duke Ranuccio Farnese in Parma, who appointed him first painter and architect to his court. He remained there under the Duke's successor Francesco, dividing the next 24 years of his life between Parma and Piacenza. His work includes the decoration of the Duke of Mirandola's Casino della Motta (in collaboration with his brother Francesco); two chapels in the Jesuit church in Reggio; a chapel in Parma, together with the façade and a chamber in the ducal palace; a chapel in the Palazzo Maggiore; and the Cappella Maggiore in the church of S Sepolcro. In Piacenza, he painted the oratory ceiling in the church of S Vincenzo, scenes for the convent of S Sisto, and cupolas for the Chiesa della Morte....


Italian, 18th century, male.

Born 5 January 1696, in Parma; died 1756, in Berlin.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman (including ink/wash), decorative designer, architect. Architectural views, interiors. Stage sets, church decoration, theatre decoration.

Second son and pupil of Ferdinando Bibiena, Giuseppe Bibiena accompanied his father to Barcelona and on his appointment to the court of Vienna in ...


Italian, 18th century, male.

Born 1692, in Bologna; died 1776.

Painter, decorative designer, fresco artist, draughtsman, sculptor. Mythological subjects, religious subjects, figures, landscapes with figures. Stage sets, church decoration.

The year of Vittorio Bigari's death is questioned by some sources cited by Moser, which contend that he lived and worked in Russia until ...


Italian, 18th century, male.

Born 3 November 1707, in Andorno; died 31 March 1794, in Andorno.

Painter, draughtsman, decorative artist. Religious subjects, figures, landscapes, architectural views. Stage sets.

Bernardino Galliari was one of the three sons of Giovanni Galliari the Elder. He started out working under Giorgio Clerici. He and his two brothers were in great demand all over Europe....


Italian, 18th century, male.

Active in Bologna from 1748 to 1790.

Painter, engraver (burin). Religious subjects. Stage sets.

Vincenzo Mazzi was a member of the Accademia Clementina in Bologna. He produced paintings for churches, but his main work was making stage sets for theatres.


Polish, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1732 (1730 ?), in Warsaw; died 23 August 1817, in Warsaw.

Painter, draughtsman, decorative artist. Historical subjects, portraits. Church decoration, murals, stage sets.

Jan Plersch studied in Augsburg with Goetz and then went to Vienna where he worked at the academy of fine arts. Plersch is known for his portraits of Polish kings and he also decorated Lazienki Palace in Warsaw with pilasters and painted three of its ceilings. He is known for his painting of ...


Italian, 18th century, male.

Born 1699, in Savona; died 11 November 1775, in Genoa.

Painter, engraver (burin), caricaturist. Religious subjects. Stage sets.

Giovanni Agostino Ratti came to Rome as a very young man and became the pupil of Benedetto Luti. He painted a number of historical works, including a ...


German, 18th century, male.

Born 15 January 1688, in Munich; died 23 April 1749, in Munich.

Painter, decorative designer. Murals, church decoration, stage sets.

Stuber studied under his father Kaspar Gottfried Stuber. He was appointed painter to the court in 1723, and along with Cosmas Damien Asam and Christian Thomas Scheffer was one of the most renowned designers of his time....