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Orazio Gentileschi

 (1563 - 1639)
Orazio Gentileschi was active/lived in Italy, United Kingdom.  Orazio Gentileschi is known for figure painting-religious subjects.

Orazio Gentileschi

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An Italian painter from Pisa, Orazio Gentileschi was in Rome by the time he was age sixteen, and began a career of painting for Popes including Sixtus V, Clement VIII and Paul V.  He became close friends with Michelangelo Caravaggio, and was much influenced by "the humanistic approach found in Caravaggio, as well as a clean and elegant line, a basic simplicity, and a warm satistfying color."

From 1610 to 1620, Gentileschi was in Ancona, and then went to Genoa where he had commissions from the Duke of Savoy.  Between 1625 and 1626, he worked in France at the request of Maria de Medici, and then became court painter in London to King Charles I.

He died in London.

Gentileschi had an artist daughter, Artemisia Gentileschi.


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About  Orazio Gentileschi

Born:  1563 - Pisa, Italy
Died:   1639 - London, England
Known for:  figure painting-religious subjects