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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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