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Ansaldo, Giovanni Andrea

Voltri, Genoa, 1584 - Genoa, 1638

He was first trained by Orazio Cambiaso (active between 1583 and 1600), son of Luca Cambiaso (1527-1585). He spent most of his career in Genoa, where he was a successful painter of large-scale fresco decorations, often featuring elaborate settings of feigned architecture. Ansaldo combined the ethos of the local Genoese school, dominated by Cambiaso's studio, with other trends from Northern Italian painting, notably the expansive, colorful compositions of the Venetian Paolo Veronese (1528-1588). His greatest rival as a decorative painter in Genoa was his younger contemporary Giulio Benso (1592-1668). Later in his career, Ansaldo was affected by the painterly style of the Lombard Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625), who was briefly active in Genoa c. 1620. Perhaps Ansaldo's most important surviving work is his fresco of the Assumption of the Virgin in the cupola of S. Annunziata del Guastato or Vastato, Genoa, painted in c. 1636. Soprani-Ratti, Ansaldo's biographer, aptly summed up the painter's work as: "elegant in design, well-founded in perspective, intelligent in sottinstu, expressive in effects and soft and gentle in coloring" (1768-69, I, p. 200) (Turner, N.: From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International-Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 188).

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Ecce Homo
Wash, Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on dark yellow paper, First third of the XVII century
Ansaldo, Giovanni Andrea

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