12 facts about Baldassare Croce

Baldassare Croce (Bologna, 1558–November 8, 1628) was an Italian painter, active during the late-Mannerist period, active mainly in and more or less Rome.

He trained in Bologna, and moved to Rome by 1581. Known as a prolific academic painter in Rome; he was named director of the Academy of St. Luke. He painted for the Sala Clementina of the Vatican palace, for the Chapel of San Francesco at the Gesù, San Giovanni in Laterano, and San Giacomo degli Spagnoli. He painted six large frescoes along the nave of the church of Santa Susanna, depicting the spirit of the Susanna from the Old Testament. He worked below Cesare Nebbia and Giovanni Guerra in the embellishment of the Scala Santa in San Giovanni in Laterano. In January 1628, he was named Principe (Prince) of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.

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