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Pietro Paolo Bonzi, called Gobbo dei Carracci
17th-century Bolognese
(Cortona, 1576 - 1636, Rome)

Although little known, Bonzi was an early and distinctive protagonist of classical landscape painting in Rome. He began as a still life painter of Netherlandish inspiration and realist, Caravaggesque cast. Drawn into Annibale Carracci’s circle of Bolognese compatriots, he specialized in the kind of rationally ordered, firmly drawn, and incidentally populated landscape that had been invented by the master and coined by his pupil Domenichino. Referring to this stylistic relationship, his sobriquet means “hanger-on of the Carracci.” He did, however, work with other artists, collaborating on the backgrounds of frescoes by Agostino Tassi and some early works by the great High Baroque painter Pietro da Cortona.


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