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Orazio Borgianni

Italian, (ca. 1578–1616)
Orazio Borgianni (April 6, 1574 - January 14, 1616) was an Italian painter and printmaker working in the Mannerist and early-Baroque periods. Born in Tuscany, Borgianni received artistic training in the studio of his step-brother, sculptor and architect Giulio Lasso. Patronized by King Philip II, Borgianni was encouraged to visit Spain where he executed a series of nine paintings for the Convento de Portacoeli, Valladolid. Even upon his return to Rome, Borgianni continued to receive commissions from Spanish patrons, including the ambassador and several Spanish churches. Borgianni was additionally commissioned to create a painting for the church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and a fresco in the apse of the church of San Silvestro in Capite, both in Rome. Borgianni’s tenebrist style and sober coloring reflects the strong influence of Caravaggio’s works in Rome.

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