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Jacopo Amigoni

Jacopo Amigoni

*  1682 Neapel
† 1752 Madrid

The painter, draftsman and printmaker Jacopo Amigoni, who is also known by the name variants Giacomo Amigoni and Santiago Amiconi, was one of the most important the late Baroque artists.
Jacopo Amigoni was born in Naples in 1682. The young Giacomo Amigoni received his education in the surroundings of Luca Giordano, additionally, works by Francesco Solimena and the late Baroque with Roman notion had impact on the emerging artists.
After Jacopo Amigoni had completed his apprenticeship he presumably moved to Venice, where documents mention him for 1711. In his Northern Italian adopted home the young painter was sustainably fascinated by painters such as Sebastiano Ricci and Rosalba Carriera. Jacopo Amigoni himself would advance to be a real master of the Venetian Rococo. His splendid frescoes, prints and paintings, preferably dedicated to mythological and historical scenes, emanate a gentle, elegant serenity.
From 1717 on Jacopo Amigoni began to export his style to southern Germany, where he produced important works for the castles in Nymphenburg and Schleissheim. Between 1725 and 1729 Jacopo Amigoni worked exclusievly for the Benedictine abbey in Ottobeuren, apart from a trip to Venice (1726). Jacopo Amigoni's style of these years, which is considered characteristically "Venetian", proved to be very influential for late Baroque Art in Europe, and in return received inspiration from French Rococo and Flemish late Baroque.
In the 1730s Jacopo Amigoni's art became popular in England: He was engaged in the decoration of palaces, mansions and public buildings, as well as portrait painter at the court.
In 1739 Jacopo Amigoni traveled back to his home country and began to accept commission works especially from the Church and from the nobility in Venice and the Veneto. In 1747 Jacopo Amigoni once again turned his back on Italy and moved to Spain. The artist, who was called "Santiago Amiconi" in Spain, took on a post as court painter in Madrid.
In 1752 Jacopo Amigoni died as one of the greatest painters of European Rococo in Madrid.