• NameOnorio Marinari
  • Activity/Titlepainter, porträttmålare, printmaker
  • Sexmale
  • Variant namesOnorio Marinari
  • Nationality/DatesItalian, born 1627-10-03, ,
  • PlacesPlace of birth: Florens, Italien
    Place of death: Florens, Italien
BiographyOnorio Marinari was active in his native city of
Florence. He was the son of the painter Gismondo
Marinari, who taught him the basic skills of
painting. Later he went on to the prestigious school
of his relative Carlo Dolci. Marinari remained
constant to Dolci’s work throughout his career.
According to the biographers Orlandi and Gabburri,
he had a second apprenticeship with Baldas-
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sare Franceschini, called il Volterrano. Marinari
travelled to Rome and northern Italy, where he
had the opportunity to study ancient sculpture
and the works of Raphael, Correggio and Titian.
Among his first independent paintings are the
two ovals of St Francis and St Jerome, signed and
dated 1659, executed for the oratory of San Niccolò
del Ceppo in Florence. Marinari’s first important
public commission was St Mauro Healing the
Sick (1663–66), for the Badia Fiorentina, which
shows greater independence from Dolci’s work.
After the latter’s death in 1686, Marinari took
over his assignments for the Medici court. Dating
from 1689 are the two paintings of St Agatha with
a Floral Wreath for the Grand Duchess Vittoria
Della Rovere. At the beginning of the 18th
century, Marinari worked together with the most
renowned Florentine and Tuscan painters of the
time on the frescoes in the Palazzo Capponi. He
played an important role in the Accademia del
disegno di Firenze, where he was a member from