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Luca Cambiasi - Italian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Luca Cambiasi (1527 - 1585)

Luca Cambiaso was born in Genoa in 1527. He established his reputation in his hometown, painting mostly altarpeices and other religious works in churches and palaces throughout the city. Cambiaso traveled to Rome several times where he was influenced by Michelangelo and Correggio. In addition to painting, he was also a prolific draughtsman. Two years before his death in 1583, he was commissioned by Philip II of Spain to assist with the decoration at the Escorial. Cambiasi had an ardent fancy, and was a bold designer in a Raphaelesque mode. His main influences are said to have been Correggio and the Late Renaissance Venetian school. The artist painted sometimes with a brush in each hand, and with a certainty equalling or transcending that even of Tintoretto. Cambiasi is best represented in Genoa. In the church of San Giorgio is a canvas of the Martyrdom of San Giorgio; Santa Maria da Carignano houses a Pietà, containing his own portrait and (according to tradition) that of his beloved sister-in-law. Cambiasi is also known for having painted notable nocturnes, including an Adoration of the Shepherds (1570) and the so called Madonna of the Candle (1575). The former painting appears inspired by Correggio's Nativity.

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