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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Carlo Dolci (Italian artist, 1616 - 1687)


Carlo Dolci, byname Carlino - Italian painter, one of the last representatives of the Florentine school of Baroque painting, whose mainly devotional works are characterized by their oversweet and languid piety. Dolci studied with a minor local painter and at an extremely early age showed a talent for portrait painting. Failing to develop significantly in this direction, however, he vowed, inspired by Counter-Reformation teachings, to devote his career to painting religious subjects. At a time when other Florentine artists migrated to Rome, the centre of monumental Baroque painting, Dolci remained in Tuscany and developed his manner out of the more sober, static native traditions of Florence. Dolci painted pictures that were highly popular in his day. The figures in his dramatically concentrated compositions are typically half-length and treated with refinement of detail, soft colour, and strong contrasts of light and dark.

Magdalena

The Holy Family with God the Father and the Holy Spirit
The Virgin Adoring the Christ Child
St. Catherine of Siena
St Mary Magdalene
St Cecilia
Gesù con una ghirlanda di fiori
Salome Head of St John the Baptist

Madonna and Child

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