Domenico Ferretti

Dates1692 - about 1769
BornFlorence, Italy

Giandomenico Ferretti's father was a goldsmith, and his mother was from an influential Florentine family, which helped his career. A prolific artist who spent his life on vast decorative projects, Ferretti studied in Imola and Florence, then spent five years in Bologna. There he absorbed that city's well-known style of studying and drawing from nature. Returning to Florence in 1715, Ferretti soon joined the Accademia del Disegno, where he later taught painting and served as Console, a post he retained almost until his death. From about 1728, he designed tapestries for the grand duke of Tuscany's tapestry workshop. He began incorporating elements of Venetian artist Sebastiano Ricci's airy manner, which had inspired Florentine artists since Ricci's 1706 visit to the city.

By the 1730s Ferretti was building a large workshop that gained fame in Florence and beyond. Outstanding for their complexity and monumentality, his frescoes in a Pistoia church transformed the solidity of his Bolognese-influenced style into a light and elegant manner via Ricci's art. He died while working on frescoes in a Florence church.

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