Giovanni Battista Gaulli
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.
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.