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Lilio, Andrea

Ancona, Le Marche, ca. 1570 - Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche, 1635

The sources on Lilio's early life are sparse and sometimes contradictory. As a youth he was already active in Rome, since he is recorded in 1583 as beginning work on the four Evangelists beneath the cupola in the Gesu. His early training seems to have been with Cesare Nebbia (c. 1536-1614) and Giovanni Guerra (1544-1618), though he soon after gravitated to the circle of Barocci's followers then working in the Holy City, among them the Sienese Francesco Vanni (1563-1610) and Ventura Salimbeni (1568-1613), and his fellow Marchigian Ferrau Fenzoni (1561/62-1645). With them he took part in several commissions instigated by Sixtus V, including frescoes in the Salone Sistino of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, the Scala Santa and the Cappella Sistina of S. Maria Maggiore. From 1597 to 1601 Lilio was back in the Marches, in his native Ancona, where he painted the Virgin Crowning St. Nicholas of Tolentino, formerly in the Pinacoteca Comunale. Other important works of his mature period in the Marches include his Saints in Glory, painted in 1604 for the high altar of the Nolfi Chapel in the Cathedral at Fano. As Lilio's style as a painter seems to have fallen increasingly out of favor, he spent more time working as a draftsman, mostly furnishing designs for the engraver. He reportedly died while working on a cycle of frescoes representing the Life of St. Benedict in the cloisters of the convent of S. Angelo Magno, Ascoli Piceno (Turner, N.: From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International-Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 184).

Artworks (2)

The construction of a building
Wash on yellow paper, XVI century
Lilio, Andrea (Attributed to)
The Assumption of the Virgin
Grey wash on grey paper, Before 1604
Lilio, Andrea

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