Orazio Samacchini

Born: December 20, 1532  - Death: June 12, 1577    Located in: The Cinquecento Corridor

Samacchini, sometimes spelled Sammachini, was an Italian painter of the late-Renaissance and Mannerist style, active in Rome, Parma, and his native city of Bologna. He was known to be a close friend of Lorenzo Sabatini (1530 – 1576), and traveled to Rome where he participated in 1563 in the decoration of the Vatican Belvedere, the Palazzetto, and also of the Sala Regia (Regal Hall) of Pope Pius IV (1499 – 1565), along with Taddeo Zuccari (1529 - 1566 and his brother, Federico Zuccari (1542 – 1609).

He returned to Bologna, where he was influenced by another native painter, Pellegrino Tibaldi (1527 – 1596). Samacchini painted for the Palazzo Vitelli a Sant'Egidio, Città di Castello, San Giacomo Maggiore, Corpus Domini, and Santa Maria Maggiore. He painted frescoes of Virtues, Prophets and Angels in Sant'Abbondio in Cremona. Some of his other works include, Allegory of Wisdom, and now at the Uffizi Gallery, Susanna Bathing and, Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife.

(This text was adapted from the www.wikipedia.org entry on Orazio Samacchini, available under GNU Free Documentation License.)

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