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Pietro Antonio Martini

Pietro Antonio Martini (1738–1797) was an Italian painter and engraver, active in a late Baroque style.

Biography

Born at Trecasali, he went to Paris to learn engraving working with Jacques-Philippe Le Bas. He also worked in London. He died in Parma.

One of his etchings are those depicting late 18th century exhibitions. For example, depicting a 1785 Salon exhibition at the Louvre,[1] and an Exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1787[2] are historically instructive for showing the crowded displays of utilized in their day. Other etchings indicated that the admiring crowds may have been a stock image for use in other similar engravings.[3]

Among his etchings:[4]

  • Plates after Teniers and other Flemish artists
  • Heliodorus driven from the Temple, after Francesco Solimena
  • Christ driving the Money-changors from the Temple, after Solimena
  • Architectural Ruins, after Robert
  • Pleasures of Summer, after Horace Vernet
  • View of Spoletto, after Vernet
  • View of Porto Ercole, after Vernet
  • View of Avignon, after Vernet
  • The Augurs, after Salvatore Rosa; etched by Martini, finished by le Bas.

References

  1. ^ Metropolitan Museum of Art, engraving of View of the Salon of 1785.
  2. ^ Victoria and Albert Museum collection
  3. ^ Art Institute of Chicago, engraving of Salon du Louvre of 1787.
  4. ^ Spooner, Shearjashub (1873). A Biographical History of the Fine Arts, Being Memoirs of the Lives and Works of Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects. Philadelphia: G. Gebbie. p. 527. .


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