• NameGiuseppe Passeri
  • Activity/Titlepainter
  • Sexmale
  • Variant namesGiuseppe Passeri
  • Nationality/DatesItalian, born 1654-03-12, dead 1714-11-02
  • PlacesPlace of birth: Rom, Italien
    Place of death: Rom, Italien
BiographyGiuseppe Passeri, painter and draughtsman active
in Rome between the 17th and the 18th century,
was an anticipator of the early Rococo style.
He studied with his uncle, the painter and biographer
Giovanni Battista Passeri, before entering
the prestigious studio of Carlo Maratta. There
he studied Michelangelo and Annibale Carracci,
Guido Reni, Domenichino and Poussin,
the colours of Titian and Correggio, and above
all Raphael. Passeri’s most important surviving
decoration of a church interior is his scheme for
Viterbo Cathedral from the 1690s. In 1693 he was
elected to the Accademia di San Luca and in 1701
to the Congregazione dei Virtuosi del Pantheon.
In 1700 he was appointed Pittore della Camera
Apostolica by Pope Clement XI. Passeri had
many patrons among the noble families of Rome,
above all the Patrizi, who commissioned decorations
for their country villa at Castel Giuliano,
from the 1680s, and the family palace in Rome,
painted in 1712‒13. In addition to his large-scale
work, Passeri painted cabinet pictures and was
active as a portraitist. He was also an important
draughtsman, and collections of his drawings are
preserved in the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf,
the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle and
the Albertina in Vienna.
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