Artist

Giovanni Battista Gaulli

Year
Genoa 1639 - 1709 Rome
Price range
0 – 1,000,000 USD
Giovanni Battista Gaulli, known as Il Baciccio, was a preeminent artist of the Roman High Baroque best known for his theatrical illusionistic works and much admired as a portrait painter.

Born in Genoa, he moved to Rome in 1658 following the death of his family from the plague. There, he proved his talents as a painter with his first public commission, the altarpiece St Roch imploring the intervention of the Virgin and Child on behalf of the plague-stricken at the Church of S. Rocco in Ripetta. Gaulli’s broad brushwork and method of enhancing darker tones with more saturated bursts of colour, demonstrate the influence of Genoese painting on his technique.

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Market

Top 3 auction prices

234,576 $
2007
435,000 $
2019
569,000 $
2014
Books on Gaulli

Francesco Petrucci, Baciccio: Giovan Battista Gaulli, 1639–1709, Rome, 2009.

Robert Enggass, The Painting of Baciccio, Meriden, 1964.

Lione Pascoli, Vite de’pittori, scultori, ed architetti moderni, Rome, 1730, vol. 1, pp. 386­–92.

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