Giovanni Lanfranco (1582-1647), a great exponent of the Italian baroque, in a publication that does justice to an artist all too often overlooked in the past.
Finally an exhibition and a catalogue introduce a wider audience to the work of the artist Giovanni Lanfranco (1582-1647). Born in the province of Parma and active in Parma, Rome and Naples, Lanfranco was a great exponent of the Italian baroque, together with the Carracci – with whom he trained – Domenichino, Giordano and Barocci. His work, now seen in Italian churches and museums all over the world, is that of a truly complete talent – in terms of techniques and themes, most religious and mythological subjects – capable of satisfying the most prestigious patrons of the day. Edited by a great expert on this period, Erich Schleier, who has been studying the art of Lanfranco for many years, the volume features about 100 paintings and 55 drawings of great interest. The introductory essays offer a complete overview of the work of Lanfranco and the artistic context of his time.