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Domenico Piola
17th-century Genoese
(Genoa, Italy, 1627 - 1703, Genoa, Italy)

Piola was, with his pupil Gregorio de’ Ferrari, the leading painter in Genoa during the second half of the 17th century. With the catalyst of Pietro da Cortona’s High Baroque cycles, in a manner so fluent as to seem automatic, Piola generalized the lessons of Rubens and Van Dyck’s dynamic naturalism and translated them into the grand scale decoration of the native Genoese tradition. Few palaces in Genoa and scarcely a church in Liguria lack a work with the undulating rhythms, variegated modelling, and softly modulated light that are his trademarks. Piola’s works may not be sound in structure or deep in characterization, but they do convey a ease, even a joy, that are estimable and historically relevant.

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