By Anne Leader

Baroque painter Felice Torelli was born on 9 September 1667 to a family of Veronese artists, including the noted violinist and composer Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1709). Felice’s wife Lucia Casalini (d. 1761) and son Stefano (d. 1784) were also painters. Felice is known for his altarpieces that fit well with Counter-Reformation demand for images of saints and martyrdoms, but he also painted stories from classical mythology in keeping with late Baroque tastes.

Reference: Dwight C. Miller. “Torelli.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.

The Sacrifice of Iphigenia, oil on canvas, Private collection

Virgin and Child with Angels and Saints, ca. 1700, oil on canvas, Chiesa del Suffragio, Fano

Diana and the Nymphs, early 18th century, oil on canvas, National Museum, Warsaw

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