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Bernardo Strozzi
17th-century Genoese
(Genoa, Italy, 1581 - 1644, Venice, Italy)

The most important native artist in Genoa during the first quarter of the seventeenth century, Strozzi is also one of the great pure painters of the Baroque. Of late Mannerist formation, Strozzi tended toward rhythmic complication, exaggerated stylization, and audacious brushwork. Over the course of the second decade (and after a period as a Capuchin monk), he managed to integrate the narrative immediacy and dramatic chiaroscuro of Caravaggism. Later, he incoprorated the dynamic form and mobile light of the great Flemish artists, Rubens and Van Dyck, who were active in Genoa. Finally, moving to Venice around 1630 (ostensibly to avoid being re-cloistered), Strozzi would adjust again toward the grand compositions and warm palette of that school.


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