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Baciccia (Baciccio).   

Nickname of Giovanni Battista Gaulli (1639-1709), one of the finest Italian Baroque portrait painters and decorators. His style was influenced by Rubens and Van Dyck. Working in Rome, where he was a friend of Bernini, he produced masterpieces of illusionist decorative work, notably the ceiling of the church of II Gesu (1668-83).


St John the Baptist
c. 1676



Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne


Apotheosis of the Franciscan Order
Basilica Santi XII Apostoli, Rome


Apotheosis of St Ignatius
c. 1685


The Continence of Scipio
c. 1687


The Pieta (Mary Lamenting the Dead Christ)


The Preaching of St John the Baptist
c. 1690


The Vision of St Francis Xavier
c. 1675


Italy, Rome, The Gesu


Frescoes of the cupola of the Gesu, Rome, Italy


Italy, Rome, The Gesu


Triumph of the name of Jesus


Italy, Rome, The Gesu, trompe l'oeil ceiling depicting Triumph of the Name of Jesus


Italy, Rome, The Gesu


Italy, Rome, The Gesu


Portrait of Gian Lorenzo Bernini


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