Placido Costanzi

Dates(Roman), 1702 - 1759
BornRome, Italy
DiedRome, Italy

As part of an Italian family of artists, Placido Costanzi was exposed to art at a very early age. Unlike his father and two brothers, who were gem-engravers, he became a painter. He trained with two Rococo artists, but he developed his own, more traditional, classicizing style by studying the works of Raphael and Domenichino. Early in his prolific career, he received important commissions from both Italian and foreign clients.

Costanzi painted an impressive variety of subjects--allegorical and mythological scenes, military scenes, religious subjects, and portraits. He decorated villas and churches in his native Italy as well as in Spain and France, and he also painted the decoration of a throne room for the Spanish court.