Corrado Giaquinto  
Corrado Giaquinto
Corrado Giaquinto (18 February 1703 – 1765) was an Italian Rococo painter.
Early training and move to Rome

He was born in Molfetta. As a boy he apprenticed with a modest local painter Saverio Porta, (c1667–1725), escaping the religious career his parents had intended for him. By October 1724, he left Molfetta, and along with his contemporaries Francesco de Mura (1696–1784) and Giuseppe Bonito (1707–1789), he trained from 1719–23 in the prolific Neapolitan studio of Francesco Solimena, either with Solimena or his pupil, Nicola Maria Rossi.  Giaquinto followed a peripatetic career, with long sojourns in Naples, Rome (between 1723–53), Turin (1733 and 1735–39), and Madrid (1753–1761).

In 1723, he moved to Rome to work in the studio of Sebastiano Conca. He painted in San Lorenzo in Damaso, San Giovanni Calibita, and the ceiling at Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. In March 1727, with Giuseppe Rossi as an assistant, Giaquinto opened an independent studio near the Ponte Sisto, in the parish of Saint Giovanni of the Malva in Rome. In 1734, he married Caterina Silvestri Agate.

The first documented work by his hand is Christ crucified with the Madonna, Saint John Evangelist, and Magdalene commissioned in 1730 by king John V of Portugal for the cathedral of the Mafra. In 1731, he received a prestigious commission, to execute frescoes in the church of San Nicola dei Lorenesi: Saint Nicholas water gush from cliff, three theologic and cardinal Virtues, and in the cupola Paradise. The latest restoration confirms Giaquinto's stylistic independence from Solimena, and reveals his stylistic dependence on Luca Giordano.

Mature work

In 1733, the architect and artistic director for the House of Savoy, Filippo Juvarra, invited Giaquinto to Turin, where he completed an altarpiece of Saint John Nepomunk. He then decorated the ceiling of a Villa della Regina with a Triumph of the House of Savoy, destroyed during World War II, Death of Adonis and Apollo & Daphne, and Story of Aenid. Giaquinto returned briefly to Rome in 1735, where his wife died soon after childbirth. He then returned for the next three years, to complete frescoes for the chapel of Saint Giuseppe in the church of Santa Teresa in Turin; they depict events in the life and death of Saint Joseph, including his Assumption and Rest in Egypt.

In 1738 Giaquinto returned to Rome, and during the next year he executed in fresco an Assumption of the Virgin for the church of Rocca di Papa, a commission for a relative of Pope Alexander VIII Ottoboni. In 1740, Giaquinto became a member of the Academy of Saint Luke and donated his sketch of Immaculate Conception with Elias the prophet for the Turinese church of the Carmine, a canvas commissioned by marquis Giuseppe Turinetti di Priero, which finally reached Turin in 1741. A report of 1742 states that Pope Benedict XIV "was taken to the church of San Giovanni Calabita ... where he observed with much pleasure the restoration of that Church embellished with altapieces from the Painter Signor Corrado Napolitano.

In Madrid, he was patronized by Ferdinand VI, and was ultimately appointed director of the Academy of San Fernando. His influence there was felt by painters such as González Velázquez, José del Castillo, and Mariano Salvador Maella.
His paintings include A Kneeling Male Nude. He returned to Naples in 1762 to decorate the sacristy in San Luigi di Palazzo, the royal monastery. He died in Naples in 1765.
He is described by some as an Italian François Boucher.

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Triumph of Galatea, circa 1752

Adoration of the Magi
c. 1725
Oil on canvas, 48 x 55 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Adoration of the Magi
Oil on canvas, 151 x 114 cm
Private collection

St Margaret Mary Alacoque Contemplating the Sacred Heart of Jesus
c. 1765
Oil on canvas, 171 x 123 cm
Private collection

Assumption of the Virgin
Oil on canvas, 99 x 64 cm
Private collection

Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Oil on canvas, 98 x 63 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

The Holy Spirit
Oil on canvas, 64 x 48 cm
Private collection

Justice and Peace
Oil on canvas, 216 x 325 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

El descendimiento de la cruz

Religion Protected by Spain
Palacio Real, Madrid

The Birth of the Sun and the Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas, 168 x 140 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

La oración del huerto

Satan before the Lord
around 1750
Oil on canvas, 88 x 117 cm
Musei Vaticani, Vatican

Tobias and the Angel
c. 1740
Oil on canvas, 58 x 48 cm
Private collection

Venus Presenting Arms to Aeneas
Oil on canvas, 153 x 115 cm
Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

La batalla de Clavijo

Saints in Glory, 1755, oil on canvas, Museo del Prado, Madrid. 126KB

Saint Michael the Archangel Defeating Lucifer

La Trinidad

La Nativité de la Vierge

El triunfo de San Juan de Dios

Ecce Homo

El sacrificio de Ifigenia

Paisaje con cazadores

Camino del calvario