Pietro da Cortona
Self-Portrait - Pietro da Cortona
Virtuoso architect, decorator, and painter who had great success after by Catholic grandees in Italy and France. Known as the key creator of Roman High Baroque, he is the author of grand illusionistic murals which present a dramatic, richly varied spectacle of people, architecture, landscape, and all the colors of the rainbow.
Pietro da Cortona’s major works are Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, 1633–39 (Rome: Palazzo Barberini); Glorification of the Reign of Urban VIII, 1633–39 (Rome: Palazzo Barberini); Allegories of Virtue and Planets, 1640–47 (Florence: Palazzo Pitti).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.