Bolognese painter Domenico Zampieri, known as Domenichino, died on 6 April 1641, the same day as his one of his greatest heroes, Raphael , who also died on this day almost a century earlier.

By Anne Leader

Bolognese painter Domenico Zampieri, known as Domenichino, died on 6 April 1641, the same day as his one of his greatest heroes, Raphael, who also died on this day almost a century earlier. A student of Denis Calvaert and a member of the Carracci Academy, Domenichino was one of the leading proponents of the classical style that dominated the Roman art scene in the early seventeenth century.  Like the Carracci, Domenichino looked to the High Renaissance master Raphael as a model and, like his predecessor, Domenichino received numerous important commissions for altarpieces, fresco cycles, and portraits.

Reference: Elizabeth Cropper. “Domenichino.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.


Madonna and Child with St Petronius and St John the Evangelist, 1629, oil on canvas, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Rome

Last Communion of St Jerome, 1614, oil on canvas, Rome: Pinacoteca Vaticana; photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

St. Cecilia Distributing Alms and St. Cecilia before the Judge, 1612-15, fresco, Polet Chapel, San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome

Diana and her Nymphs, 1616-17, oil on canvas, Galleria Borghese, Rome

Calling of the Apostles, 1624-5, fresco, Sant’Andrea della Valle, Rome

Portrait of Monsignor Giovanni Battista Agucchi, 1615-20, oil on canvas, York Art Gallery

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