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Giovanni Battista Cipriani - Italian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727 - 1785)

Although Giovanni Battista Cipriani was born in Florence, he worked mostly in England. He moved to London in 1755 under the guidance of Sir William Chambers and Joseph Wilton, both of whom he met in Rome. He decorated many public and private buildings and also taught at the Royal Academy. Some of his best work is the decoration of furniture. He designed many groups, of nymphs and amorini and medallion subjects to form the centre of Pergolesi's bands of ornament, and they were continually reproduced upon the elegant satin-wood furniture which was growing popular in his later days and by the end of the 18th century became a rage. Cipriani died at Hammersmith and was buried at Chelsea, where Bartolozzi erected a monument to his memory. He had married an English lady, by whom he had two sons.

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