|Dates||1639 - 1709|
"[His] manner . . . was powerful, extravagant and altogether beautiful; he need not have envied even the greatest master," wrote Baciccio's biographer. Early contact in Genoa, Italy, with works by Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck influenced Baciccio deeply, as did Genoese painter Bernardo Strozzi's broad,
Baciccio's most celebrated work is the ceiling in the church of Il Gesù in Rome, created from 1672 to 1683, whose conception owes much to his collaborator Bernini. In a dramatic innovation, Baciccio organized the ceiling's space by juxtaposing dark and light areas rather than by merely arranging the figures, and he merged painted figures with stucco ones joyously bursting from the frame.
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