Portrait of Pietro Berettini da Cortona

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Italian Baroque Painter and Architect

Pietro Berettini da Cortona, also known as Pietro da Cortona, was a prominent Baroque painter and architect who lived in the 17th century. He was born on November 1, 1596, in Cortona, a small town in Tuscany, Italy. His father, Andrea Berrettini, was a tailor.

Pietro began his artistic career as an apprentice to the painter and architect, Andrea Commodi, in Florence. He later moved to Rome in 1612, where he continued his studies under the guidance of Baccio Ciarpi and Federico Zuccari. In Rome, he became part of the circle of artists around the powerful Barberini family, who were important patrons of the arts.

One of Pietro's earliest major works was the frescoes he painted in the Palazzo Barberini, the residence of the Barberini family. The frescoes depicted scenes from the life of Pope Urban VIII, who was a member of the family. The success of this work brought Pietro to the attention of other wealthy patrons, and he began to receive more commissions for both painting and architecture.

Pietro's style was characterized by dramatic, grandiose compositions and bold use of color and light. He was also skilled at creating illusionistic effects, such as painted architectural features that appeared three-dimensional. In addition to his frescoes, he was known for his altarpieces, portraits, and decorative works.

In the field of architecture, Pietro was involved in the design of several important buildings, including the Church of Santa Maria della Pace and the Palazzo Pamphilj in Rome. He was also commissioned to design the façade of the Church of San Lorenzo in Lucina, which is considered one of his most important architectural works.

Pietro da Cortona's career was highly successful, and he was widely recognized as one of the leading artists of his time. He was elected to the prestigious Accademia di San Luca in Rome in 1627 and later served as its president. He was also awarded the Order of Christ by Pope Urban VIII in 1635.

Pietro died on May 16, 1669, in Rome, at the age of 72. His legacy continues to be celebrated in Italy and beyond, and his works can be seen in many museums and churches around the world.

2 Pietro da Cortona Paintings

The Punishment of Hercules, 1635 by Pietro da Cortona | Painting Reproduction

The Punishment of Hercules 1635

Oil Painting
Canvas Print
SKU: CPB-4875
Pietro Berettini da Cortona
Original Size: 300 x 200 cm
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna, Austria

The Madonna and Child with Saint Martina, c.1645 by Pietro da Cortona | Painting Reproduction

The Madonna and Child with Saint Martina c.1645

Oil Painting
Canvas Print
SKU: CPB-17703
Pietro Berettini da Cortona
Original Size: 70 x 58 cm
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, USA