The Ecstacy of St. Francis by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

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Giovanni Battista Piazzetta was born on February 13, 1682 (or 1683).  He was an Italian Rococo artist who painted religious scenes.

Piazzeta studied under Giuseppe Maria Crespe, whose influence greatly shaped the student’s style.  Perhaps the most striking thing about Piazzeta’s work is his use of chiaroscuro, a strong contrast between light and shadow, reminiscent of Caravaggio.  His art was characterized by a rich warmth, making ordinary subjects beautiful and poetic.  Even his depictions of peasants bore a certain grandeur.

Below are shown Shepherd Boy and Assumption of Mary.




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