• NamePietro da Cortona
  • Activity/Titlepainter, draughtsman, architect
  • Sexmale
  • Variant namesnamnvariant: Pietro Berrettini da Cortona
    namnvariant: Pierre de Cortone
    namnvariant: Pietro Berre
  • Nationality/DatesItalian, born före 1597-11-27, dead 1669-05-16
  • PlacesPlace of birth: Cortona, Italien
    Place of death: Rom, Italien
BiographyPietro da Cortona, painter and architect, was
one of the leading artists of the Roman Baroque.
Born in Cortona, he first studied in Florence
under the direction of Andrea Commodi, with
whom he moved to Rome around 1612. There he
trained under the Tuscan painter Baccio Ciarpi.
He was influenced by ancient sculpture and
the work of Raphael. Among his first important
works was a papal commission for the church of
Santa Bibiana in Rome. In the same period he
painted a series of large canvases for the Sacchetti
family, among them the classically composed
and richly coloured Rape of the Sabine Women
from 1631 (Pinacoteca Capitolina, Rome). The
Barberini employed Cortona extensively as both
a painter and an architect. The major commission
given to him during the papacy of Urban
VIII was the highly innovative Allegory of Divine
Providence on the vault of the Palazzo Barberini
in Rome, executed between 1633 and 1639. After
this experience Cortona undertook a series
of fresco ceilings, beginning with work in the
Palazzo Pitti in Florence for the Grand Duke
Ferdinand II, which was started in 1637 and not
completed until 1647. Between 1651 and 1654 he
executed the scenes from Virgil’s Aeneid in the
Palazzo Pamphilj. Cortona’s first architectural
commission was for the Sacchetti, for whom he
designed the villa in Castel Fusano (1625–29). In
1634 he was elected principe of the Accademia di
San Luca and proposed the reconstruction of the
academy church of SS. Luca and Martina (1635–
47). The most distinctive feature of this church is
the interplay of light and shadow through convex
and concave forms. Another theme in Cortona’s
architecture is the theatre-like facades, as in the
papal commission from Alexander VII for Santa
Maria della Pace (1656–59).
Work
Rape of the Sabine women, study for the detail of a larger composition
Cartouche Crowned with the Coat of Arms of a Medici Cardinal
Plafond, hörndekor, Salone, Palazzo Barberini, Rom, blad nr 7
Palazzo Sachetti, Rom, galleriets plafond
Plafond med stuckornament, Palazzo Pitti, Florens, Italien, Sal. di Venere, blad 1
Plafond med stuckornament, Palazzo Pitti, Sal. di Venere, Florens, Italien, blad 2
Volym innehållande 49 stycken ornamentstick; NMG Orn 6666:1-51
Maria med Jesusbarnet och Johannes
Detail of the vault of the Chapelof the Holy Sacrament in St Peter’s,Rome, cartoon
Detail of the vault of the Chapel of St Sebastian in St Peter’s, Rome,cartoon
Detail of the vault of the Chapel of St Sebastian in St Peter’s, Rome, cartoon
Detail of the vault of the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament in St Peter’s, Rome, cartoon
Detail of the pendentive of King Melchizedek in the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament in St Peter’s, Rome, cartoon
Ariadne och Theseus
Jesusbarnet sittande i Moderns knä, till vänster skymtar JohannesBoulevard de Clichy, efter regnet
Diana på sin char, omgiven av stjärnor
Fresk i Palazzo Doria Pamphilij, Rom, blad nr 9
S. Maria della Pace, Rom, fasad
Plafond, Sala di Marte, Palazzo Pitti, Florens, blad 1 dedikationssida
Plafond, Sala di Marte, Palazzo Pitti, Florens, blad 2
Plafond, Sala di Marte, Palazzo Pitti, Florens, blad 3
Plafond, Sala di Marte, Palazzo Pitti, Florens, blad 4
Plafond, Sala di Marte, Palazzo Pitti, Florens, blad 5
Plafond, Sala di Giove, Palazzo Pitti
Xenophons offer till Diana, målning
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