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  • NameGiovanni Francesco Romanelli
  • Sexmale
  • Nationality/DatesItalian, born c. 1610, dead 1662
BiographyGiovanni Francesco Romanelli was born in
Viterbo in 1610. He went to Rome in 1624 and
was first trained by Domenichino. Later he was
a pupil of Pietro da Cortona and worked in his
workshop for a number of years. He became part
of the household of Cardinal Francesco Barberini
and worked for him until the Barberini pope Urban
VIII died and his patronage ebbed away. He
was then summoned to work in Paris by Cardinal
Mazarin, for whom he painted a fresco cycle
based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. He also painted
the ceiling decoration for the Salle des Saisons
and the Queen’s Cabinet of the Louvre for Anne
of Austria. After his two sojourns in France in
1645–47 and 1655–57, he returned to Rome and
then to Viterbo, where he died in 1662.
Work
Christ in Emaus
Christ and the Samarian Woman
The Study of the Literate: Allegory of Poetry
Putti symbolizing Justitia against a blue sky
Putti symbolizing Justitia against a blue sky
Putti symbolizing Justitia against a blue sky
Putti symbolizing Vanitas against a blue sky
Orpheus playing, the Bacchants approaching
Glorification of Rome
The Virgin with the Christ Child and St. John
Mars
Vertumnus
Armorial trophy
Armorial trophy
Armorial trophy
Armorial trophy
Landscape
Summer. Preparatory study for ceiling in the Louvre, 1656
Spring. Preparatory study for ceiling in the Louvre, 1656
Autumn. Preparatory study for ceiling in the Louvre, 1656
Winter. Preparatory study for ceiling in the Louvre, 1656