5 facts about Giuseppe Badaracco

By Gwylym Owen

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Giuseppe Badaracco (1588–1657), also called “Il Sordo” (the Deaf), was an Italian painter of the Baroque period, active mainly in Genoa, in Liguria and in the island of Corsica.

Born in Genoa into rich family, he first studied timeless literature, but moved into an apprenticeship once the painter Bernardo Strozzi, then Giovanni Andrea Ansaldo. He worked for some years in Florence, where he copied many of the works of Andrea del Sarto. Returning to Genoa (about 1625), he painted mainly for private customers. He worked after that in Corsica (at that period part of the Republic of Genoa), where he painted locally influential paintings for some churches with suggestion to Bastia. He died in 1657 from the plague that swept through Genoa. He fathered four sons; among them Giovanni Raffaele (1648–1717), who was as well as his pupil, became a notable painter.

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