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Placido Costanzi - Italian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Placido Costanzi (1690 - 1759)

Placido Costanzi was born into a family of Italian artists. Although his father and brothers were gem-engravers, Placido became a painter and trained with two Rococo artists. Despite this influence, he developed a classical style by examining the works of Raphael and Domenichino. He received significant commissions from Italian and international clientele. Constanzi painted an array of subjects and decorated villas and churches in Italy, Spain, and France. He painted a St. Camillus in Santa Maria Maddalena, in which he has aspired to the imitation of Domenichino. His Resuscitation of Tabitha in Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri replicates a mosaic in St. Peter's Basilica. He also painted in fresco the ceilings of the tribunes in Santa Maria in Vallicella and San Gregorio, and was much employed in painting figures in the landscapes of other artists, particularly in those of Jan Frans van Bloemen (Orizonte). Costanzi also traveled to France and Spain. Costanzi painted a portrait of George Keith, Earl Mareschal of Scotland, in Rome in 1752, now in the National Portrait Gallery, and St. Pancras & Infant Christ, now in the Dublin National Gallery.

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