- Ugo Ruggeri
(b Capodistria [now Cape of Istra, Slovenia], April 9, 1656; d Rome, July 30, 1746).
Italian painter. He painted altarpieces and cabinet paintings of biblical and mythological themes in a style that varies between the classicism of Maratti and the softer, sweeter manner of the Barocchetto. His portraits, both of noble Italian patrons and visiting Grand Tourists, are distinguished by their unusual informality and the sense of intimacy between artist and subject.
He trained in Venice, first with Antonio Zanchi and later with Joseph Heintz the younger (1600–78), who specialized in genre painting (Pascoli). No paintings survive from this early Venetian period, and c. 1678 Trevisani moved to Rome. There he worked for Cardinal Flavio Chigi until the latter’s death in 1693, and is first recorded in the Chigi archives at Ariccia. The titles of documented paintings, such as Bullfight in Venice, Bertoldo the Goatherd with Goats and a Goatherd’s Wife with Hens and Turkeys (all untraced) suggest that, influenced by Heintz, he was producing genre works at this time....