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French, 15th century, male.

Active in St-Maximin (near Marseilles).

Born c. 1375; died May 1450.

Painter. Religious subjects, figures. Decorative schemes.

Andreas Abellon was a Dominican prior. Archives studied by Albanès record that the convent bought three historiated tapestries in 1444, which could have been painted by Abellon. He may have been the decorator of the chancel of the chapel, which was built between ...

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Portuguese, 16th century, male.

Painter, decorative designer.

Simão de Abreu collaborated with Domingos Vieira and other artists on the decoration of the convent of Christ in Tomar. He is known principally for his seven altarpieces for the church's charola (processional way).

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French, 16th century, male.

Active in Arras at the beginning of the 16th century.

Painter. Religious subjects. Decorative schemes.

Arras School.

In 1501 Adam d'Avesne restored the panel of the master altar and painted banners for the church of La Ste-Croix in Arras.

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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, 16th century, male.

Active in Naples towards the middle of the 16th century.

Painter. Religious subjects. Decorative schemes.

Neapolitan School.

It is not known with whom Pietro Afesa studied. His surname derives from the province where he was born. He came to Naples where he occupied a creditable position among the excellent painters living in the city at that time. He was commissioned with the decoration of public buildings and is known particularly for his ...

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Italian, 19th century, male.

Born 1777, in Cremona; died 1857.

Painter, watercolourist, decorative designer, illustrator. Portraits, landscapes with figures, landscapes. Murals, church decoration, theatre decoration.

Agostino Aglio trained in Milan at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. In 1803 he went to England to collaborate with William Wilkins, the architect, on a work concerning the antiquities of ancient Greece, which was published in ...

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Italian, 19th century, male.

Born 1819, in Sutri, near Rome; died 1888, in Rome.

Painter, fresco artist, decorative designer. Religious subjects, mythological subjects.

Eugenio Agneni was a pupil of Franc Coghetti, under whose direction he found work in 1832. In 1847 Pope Pius IX entrusted him with the production of the paintings for the Throne Room of the Quirinal. In ...

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Italian, 15th century, male.

Active in Bologna.

Died 1469.

Painter. Religious subjects, figures. Decorative schemes, banners.

Bolognese School.

Agostino di Marsiglio received important commissions in Siena for a period of ten years. In 1442 he executed the decorative paintings for the chapels of S Giovanni and S Crescenzia. He also produced banners, standards and a crucifix, and two figures for the altar of the Nuova chapel....

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Russian, 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born 18 February 1912, in Baku.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, engraver, decorative designer. Religious subjects, figures, nudes, scenes with figures, landscapes, seascapes, architectural views, still-lifes, animals. Designs for tapestries, designs for mosaics, murals, church decoration.

A self-taught artist of Armenian origin, George Akopian went to France in ...

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Born 17 March 1578, in Bologna; died 4 October 1660, in Bologna.

Painter, fresco artist, decorative designer. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, landscapes with figures. Murals.

The son of a silk merchant, Albani resisted parental pressure to pursue a career in commerce. From a very early age, he took a strong interest in the arts and, at the age of 13, entered the workshop of the Flemish architect Denys Calvaert, where he met Guido Reni. Albani and Reni left Calvaert's workshop to study under the Caraccis, where they met Domenichino. Francesco Albani showed such rapid progress with the Carracci that he was soon working alongside them. Francesco was widowed in 1616; he re-married and fathered ten children who were reported to be so beautiful that he never lacked for models. Albani collaborated with Annibale Carracci to decorate the S Diego Chapel in the church of S Giacomo degli Spagnoli in Rome and to paint the frescoes in Monte Cavallo and the ceiling of a room in the Verospi Palace in Rome (which featured subjects taken from the writings of Ovid). His work on the Verospi Palace was highly acclaimed, so much so that he caught the attention of the duke of Mantua, who commissioned him to execute a series of murals for his palace; the works, based on episodes drawn from the legends of ...

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Active in Bologna during the second half of the 17th century.

Born probably, in Rovigo; died probably after 1680.

Painter, fresco artist, decorative designer. Church decoration.

Mauro Aldrovandini built his considerable reputation on the strength of decorative work for theatres and private and public buildings in Bologna, Venice, Verona and (possibly) Vienna, where he worked alongside Francesco Ferrari. Like his nephew Tommaso, Mauro Aldovandini studied under Carlo Signani. Had it not been for his premature death, it is probable he would have become as famous as his nephew. Among his best-known work are the frescoes in the churches of Madonna di S Luca and S Giovanni dei Fiorentini in Bologna....

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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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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 24 March 1859, in Angers; died 1941, in Angers.

Painter, decorative artist, lithographer. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, genre scenes. Designs for stained glass.

He was a pupil of Ernest Hebert and Luc-Olivier Merson at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Between ...

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Born c. 1600, in Bologna; died after 1678.

Painter, decorative designer, fresco artist, engraver. Religious subjects, architectural views, perspectives, landscapes. Church decoration.

Studied initially under Bernardino Baldi, then Calvaert, following whose death in 1619 Ambrogi spent years studying with Francesco Brizio (from whom he takes his sobriquet Menichino del Brizio). Ambrogi quickly made a reputation for himself as a painter of frescoes and oils, not least in his depiction of landscape, architecture and perspective. The Uffizi in Florence houses two of his religious landscapes; his ...

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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, 15th century, male.

Painter, marquetry worker. Religious subjects.

In 1489 and 1490, Angelo di Menicuccio da Iglianello collaborated with the painters Andrea Lombardo and Antonio di Bernardo Lombardo at Orvieto Cathedral. He painted a number of works, including a Pietà and was commissioned, with Antonio da Forlì, to paint a tabernacle and a crucifix....

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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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French, 20th century, male.

Born 1926, in Frémery (Moselle).

Painter, sculptor, decorative designer. Figure compositions, religious subjects, landscapes. Murals, church decoration, designs for mosaics and stained-glass windows, stage sets, stage costumes.

Arcabas studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and also had a degree. He was a friend of the painter Dimitri Varbanesco. He exhibited in numerous towns in France and abroad. From ...

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Italian, 16th century, male.

Born c. 1527, in Milan; died 11 July 1593, in Milan.

Painter, decorative designer. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects, portraits, still-lifes. Designs for stained glass, designs for tapestries.

Prague School.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo belonged to a patrician family from Milan, which boasted three archbishops. Giuseppe, however, came from the 'poor' branch of the family. He was the son of Biagio and is assumed to have learned the rudiments of drawing and painting from his father, although no details of his training as an artist are known. His name first appears in a payment notice of 17 June 1551 in the cathedral construction records. He is believed to have gone to the court of the German emperors in 1561 and to have followed the court to its residences in Vienna and Prague.Arcimboldo enjoyed the successive patronage of Ferdinand I, Maximilian II and, in particular, Rudolph II. From 1562 to 1585 his name appears regularly in the court registers: he was paid 20 florins a month and often received additional sums from the imperial purse. A court painter, he was also commissioned to arrange courtly entertainments such as processions, cavalcades, balls and outdoor parties and it is thought that he may have invented the carousel. He was also a musician and devised 'a colormetric method of musical transcription' - a form of musical notation deciphered and performed on the harpsichord by the viol player Monzo. His biographers, Francine Legrand and Félix Sluys, liken this invention to 'present-day methods for synchronising music and film'. He also advised on the content of imperial collections and travelled for his patrons, acquiring works of art on their behalf.In 1587 he received his discharge from Rudolph II (who made him Count Palatine in 1591) and returned, his fortune made, to the city of his birth, where he died, according to the inscription on his tomb, in 1593 at the age of 63.He was buried at the church of S Pietro della Vigna (it no longer survives). On 28 November 1551, Arcimboldo painted five armorial bearings for the king of Bohemia and a decoration for the main door of the cathedral. In the years following he painted ducal coats of arms for the feast of the Virgin, executed a map of the region of Volpedo and repainted the cathedral façade. In collaboration with his father he drew cartoons for stained glass windows depicting the ...