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Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini
(Venice, Italy, 1675 - 1741, Venice, Italy)
Pellegrini represents 18th-century Venetian painting at its most exuberant. He was initially trained in Milan with the idiosyncratic Paolo Pagani, but his style is really an exaggeration of the sensuous and decorative aspects of Sebastiano Ricci. In Pellegrini’s works, the drawing is broad and soft, the palette is fiery and luminous, and the paint itself is dense and fluid. Defying gravity, bordering on the caricatural, this painterly virtuosity was a tremendous success across Europe (Düseldorf (1713), Füssen (1722), Würzburg and Dresden (1724-25), Vienna (1727-30), Mannheim (1736), and Würzburg again (1737).