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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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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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French, 18th century, male.

Born 1717; died 1814.

Decorative designer, draughtsman. Stage costumes.

He started working for the Paris Opéra in 1748 and became the official costume designer for court festivals, entertainments and ceremonies in 1764.

Paris, 10 Nov 1988: Shepherdess Costume for an Opera...

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German, 18th century, male.

Painter, decorative artist. Stage sets.

Caspari worked at the court of the Elector of Bavaria in Munich in 1770.

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Russian, 18th century, male.

Painter, decorative artist. Stage sets (?).

Nikifor Ezhevsky is known for works in the apartments of Empress Catherine the Great in the Winter Palace, in the Moscow Court Theatre and in Grand Palace at Pavlovsk.

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Born 18th century, in Foggia (Apulia).

Painter, decorative artist. Stage sets.

Giuseppe Fania worked mainly at the theatre of S Carlo in Naples.

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Died 28 July 1757.

Painter, decorative artist. Stage sets, church decorations.

Giuseppe Filippi was the nephew of Giacomo Filippi. He worked on the Ferrara churches of S Domenico and S Francesco.

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British, 18th century, male.

Died September 1803, in Bath.

Painter, draughtsman, decorative designer. Stage sets.

Thomas French worked extensively for the theatre in Bath.

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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....

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Born 1709, in Andorno; died 1790, in Treviglio.

Painter, decorative artist. Perspectives. Stage sets.

Fabrizio Galliari was the son of Giovanni Galliari the Elder and the brother of Bernardino and Giovanni Antonio Galliari. He studied under the architect Mariani and began his career under Giorgio Clerici. His principal work is his decoration of the cupola of Bergamo Cathedral. Additionally, he collaborated with his brother Bernardino to design theatre stage sets and décors. He and his two brothers were very much in demand across Europe....

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born c. 1760, in Treviglio; died 1823, in Milan.

Painter, decorative artist, draughtsman. Waterscapes, urban landscapes, landscapes. Stage sets.

Gasparo Galliari was the son of Giovanni Antonio Galliari. He worked in the family tradition, painting theatre stage sets and décors....

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 1746; died 1818.

Painter, decorative artist. Stage sets.

Giovanni Galliari the Younger was the son of Fabrizio Galliari. He worked in Berlin with his uncle Bernardino Galliari. He also painted decorations for the principal congress hall in the royal academy of sciences in Turin....

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Italian, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 25 March 1751, in Longarone (Veneto); died 1831, in St Petersburg.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman (including ink), architect. Landscapes, architectural views, interiors. Theatre decoration, stage sets.

Pietro di Gottardo Gonzaga was the son of Gottardo Gonzaga. He worked as an architect in St Petersburg ...

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Born in Parma; died 1796, in Parma.

Painter. Stage sets, decorative schemes.

Francesco Grassi was a theatre decorator in the service of Philippe de Bourbon, Duke of Parma. He produced the plans for the decorations for the funeral of Princess Dorothea Sophie of Neuburg, which were engraved by G. Patrini, and for the funeral of Elisabeth de Bourbon. He also did the decorations for the marriage of Maria Isabella, the daughter of Philippe de Bourbon, to the archduke of Austria, the future Emperor Joseph II. The gallery in Parma owns a plan by him for a stage set, a landscape and a pen-and-ink drawing....

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Born c. 1700, in Modena; died 1777, in Naples.

Painter, decorative designer. Historical subjects, landscapes, urban landscapes, urban views, harbour scenes, ruins, architectural views. Stage sets.

Joli de Dipi trained under Pannini and worked for theatres in Germany, England and Spain. Charles III, king of Naples, appointed him court painter....

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German, 18th century, male.

Born c. 1736; died 28 December 1802, in Stuttgart.

Painter, decorative designer. Stage sets, theatre decoration (?).

Johan Jakob Morff painted the ceiling of a room at the town hall in Heilbrunn (Allegory of Justice)..

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Active in Bologna and Turin.

Died c. 1790, in Bologna.

Painter, decorative designer. Allegorical subjects, architectural views, seascapes. Stage sets.

He worked mainly in Turin.

Parma (Pinacoteca Giuseppe Stuard): Seascape

London, 8 Nov 1971: Allegory of Painting...

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Italian, 18th century, male.

Active in Russia.

Born 1708, in Bologna; died 28 October 1778, in St Petersburg.

Painter, decorative designer. Wall decorations, stage sets.

Antonio Peresinotti was a pupil of Gir. Bon. He travelled to St Petersburg in 1742 to work on decorations for the imperial palaces (the Winter Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, Peterhof) and the Opera. He was a member of the academy in St Petersburg ...