Giuseppe Maria Crespi (lo Spagnolo)
Bologna 14/03/1665 - Bologna 16/07/1747
Giuseppe Maria Crespi, byname Lo Spagnolo (Italian: “The Spaniard”) (b. March 14, 1665, Bologna, Papal States [Italy]—d. March 25, 1747, Bologna), Italian Baroque painter who broke dramatically with the formal academic tradition to achieve a direct and immediate approach to his subject matter that was unparalleled at the time. Better known as a painter of genre scenes (pictures of everyday life), he also applied his innovative manner to religious paintings with impressive results.
After studying with the Bolognese painters Carlo Cignani and Domenico Maria ...
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