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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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Italian, 18th century, male.

Active in Bologna.

Painter, fresco artist, decorative designer. Religious subjects.

This artist - who should not be mistaken for the father of Pompeo Aldrovandini - was responsible for a fresco on the altar of S Maria degli Angeli in Bologna.

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German, 18th century, male.

Active in Wittingau (Southern Bohemia).

Sculptor. Religious furnishings (altars).

Andrée lived in the early 18th century. He did several altars, notably the main altar and side altars of the monastic church of St Aegidius in Wittingau (Trebon, Bohemia). He is also recorded as having done the altars in the Gethsemane Chapel in Wittingau, destroyed in ...

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Born c. 1709, in Venice; died 1798, in Venice.

Painter, draughtsman, decorative artist. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects, portraits, genre scenes.

Studied under Piazzetta and imitated the latter's style. Angeli produced a large number of decorative compositions but also painted genre and historical themes. He produced a number of altarpieces for churches and public monuments in Venice, Padua and Rovigo. His best work is perhaps that for the cupola of S Rocco in Venice....

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Active in Rome between 1740 and 1788.

Painter, decorative designer. Perspectives. Church decoration.

With the help of his son Vincenzo, Giovanni Angeloni painted the ceiling of the gallery that leads from the church of St Peter's to the sacristy. He also produced some copies of Raphael loggias for Catherine the Great of Russia....

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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....

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German, 18th century, male.

Born 28 September 1686, in Benediktbeuren (Bavaria); died 1739, in Weltenburg Convent.

Painter, fresco artist, engraver, draughtsman, decorative designer. Religious subjects.

Son of the painter Hans Georg Asam. After learning the basics of his art he moved to Rome where he studied for several years before being awarded the coveted Accademia di San Luca Prize in ...

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Active in Bologna, also active in Russia.

Died 1780, in Bologna.

Painter, decorative artist. Church decoration, wall decorations, ornaments.

Bolognese School.

Studied under Gio Zanardi and, together with his brother Serafino, decorated the oratory of the church of SS Simone e Taddeo in Bologna. The brothers travelled to Russia, where they produced decorative compositions for the Chinese Palace and the Rutschberg Palace at Oranienbaum, near St Petersburg....

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Active also active in Russia.

Died 1810, in Bologna.

Painter, decorative artist. Church decoration, theatre decoration, wall decorations.

Bolognese School.

Studied under his brother Giuseppe Gioachino and accompanied him on a voyage to Russia before returning to work in Bologna. His decorative work is to be found in the Bologna church of S Maria della Vita, in the church of SS Cosimo e Damiano, at the church of S Catarina, in the theatre in Ferrara, and in the Palazzo Bovi Silvestri. He also decorated the church of S Vitale in Ravenna....

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Austrian, 18th century, male.

Painter. Religious subjects. Murals, decorative schemes.

This artist worked in Vienna from around 1752 to 1783. Fuseli (Füssli) records him as a bohemian painter studying at the Vienna academy in 1750. Bergl joined the academy in 1751, presenting them with his painting ...

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French, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 1668, in Paris; died 1736, in Paris.

Painter, draughtsman. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, landscapes with figures, still-lifes. Wall decorations.

Upon the death of his father, the sculptor and engraver S. Bertin, Nicolas Bertin was placed under the tutelage of Jean Jouvenet, and later completed his studies under Bon Boullogne. He displayed remarkable artistic talent from a very early age: he won an Académie 'premier prix' in 1685 and went to Italy, where he spent four years studying the great masters in Rome. When he returned to Paris, the first few paintings he produced soon consolidated his burgeoning reputation. He was accepted by the Académie in 1703, and started teaching there in 1716....

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Active in Bologna.

Died 1773.

Painter, decorative designer. Church decoration, ornaments.

Giovanni Antonio Bettini studied under Carlo Giuseppe Carpi and painted numerous pictures for churches and palaces in and around Bologna.

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Born 1728, in Vienna; died after 1778, in Florence.

Painter, draughtsman. Architectural views, interiors, church interiors. Wall decorations, church decoration.

Son of Giuseppe Bibiena and grandson of Ferdinando Bibiena, at the age of 20 Carlo Bibiena entered the service of Frederick, Margrave of Bayreuth and worked alongside his father on the construction of the new theatre there. At the invitation of the Elector of Bavaria, he left for Munich in ...

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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....

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1762, in Palmanova (Veneto); died 1844, in Milan.

Painter (gouache), draughtsman, decorative designer. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes.

Giuseppe Bison started his career in Brescia and travelled to Venice at the age of 14 to study at the academy there under Antonio Maria Zanetti and Constantino Cedini. He also studied decorative painting under Antonio Mauri and was advised by Romani and Sedini. He left Venice for Trieste in ...

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French, 18th century, male.

Born 29 September 1703, in Paris; died 30 May 1770, in Paris.

Painter, watercolourist, pastellist, draughtsman (including red chalk/ink/wash), illustrator, engraver, lithographer. Historical subjects, mythological subjects, religious subjects, allegorical subjects, portraits, rustic scenes, genre scenes, interiors with figures, animals, landscapes with figures, landscapes...

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Bohemian School, 18th century, male.

Born 25 February 1684, in Otz (Tyrol), or in Sautens (Tyrol), according to some sources; died 15 February 1738, in Prague.

Sculptor, decorative designer. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects. Statues.

Mathias Bernard Braun established himself in Prague in 1710. Little is known of the early life of this Baroque sculptor. It is thought that he studied in Italy, where he was strongly influenced by the works of Bernini....

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French, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 11 February 1763, in Toulon; died 28 February 1831, in Toulon.

Sculptor, draughtsman, art restorer. Religious subjects, seascapes. Decorative schemes.

Brun first studied sculpture at the workshop of the Port of Toulon, before moving to Rome in 1782, where he spent six months perfecting his art with the Roman masters of the day. With no means to support himself, he eventually returned to France. Two years later, influential patrons secured him a grant from the King, enabling him to study in Italy for a further four years. Upon his return to Toulon in ...