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Giovanni Domenico Ferretti - Italian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Giovanni Domenico Ferretti (1692 - 1768)

Born to a goldsmith and a daughter of an influential Florentine couple, Domenico Ferretti’s family helped him get a head start in his career. He first studied in Imola and Florence before spending five years in Bologna. He returned to Florence in 1715 and joined the Accademia del Disegno where he taught painting and served as a Console. Beginning in 1728, he designed tapestries for the Grand duke of Tuscany’s workshop. The Venetian artist, Sebastiano Ricci, inspired him as well as many of the Florence artists in the early 1700’s. Ferretti began building a large workshop of his own in the 1730’s that became famous in Florence and internationally. He died in 1768 while working on frescoes in a Florence church. Ferreti's fresco style was influenced by Sebastiano Ricci's lively, colorful, and pastel-hued frescoes in the Palazzo Marucelli-Fenzi. Ferretti himself decorated the Palazzo Amati Cellesi in Pistoia, the Palazzo Chigi Sansedoni in Siena, and the Villa Flori in Pescia. The frescoes for the cupola of the cathedral of San Zeno in Pistoia are attributed to him.

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