Luca Cambiaso died on this day in 1585 in Madrid. Cambiaso was the leading artist working in Genoa during the middle and late sixteenth century. He excelled at large-scale fresco painting in Genoese palaces and churches and was especially praised for his night scenes. In late 1583, Cambiaso moved to Spain to enter the service of King Philip II, decorating the church of San Lorenzo at he monastery of the Escorial.
Reference: Lauro Magnani. “Cambiaso, Luca.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.
Further reading: Luca Cambiaso: 1527-1585 by Jonathan Bober (2006).
Virgin with the Christ Child in Swaddling Clothes, 1575-80, Museo dell’Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti, Genoa
Flight of Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius from Troy, 1555-60, The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Venus and Adonis, 1565-69, The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Fighting Horsemen, c. 1565-1566, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Gift of funds from David M. Daniels 65.43.2
Allegory of Venus and Earthly Vanity, ca. 1570, New Orleans Museum of Art