20 facts about Sisto Badalocchio

By Gwylym Owen

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Sisto Badalocchio Rosa (28 June 1585 – c. 1619-1647) was an Italian painter and engraver of the Bolognese School.

Born in Parma, he worked first under Agostino Carracci in Bologna, then Annibale Carracci, in Rome. He worked later Annibale till 1609, then moved urge on to Parma. His best known put on an act as an engraver was the Raphael’s Bible series, which he created together subsequent to his fellow student, Giovanni Lanfranco. The images depict a series of frescoes by Raphael’s workshop in the Vatican loggia. As a painter, his most important proceed are the frescoes in the church of San Giovanni Evangelista, Reggio Emilia, which are based upon Correggio’s earlier works. In this church, he executed the prettification of the ground and pendentives. The field fresco represents the parousia, i.e. the second coming of Christ, while the pendentives are adorned by the four cardinal virtues.

Though he often cooperated in fresco painting considering Lanfranco, for example in Annibale-designed series the San Diego Chapel in San Giacomo degli Spagnoli (1602–1607) and in Palazzo Costaguti (Nessus and Deianeira), Badalocchio never traditional the thesame recognition as his peer. Nevertheless, he is credited today as an important figure in bringing the artistic styles of the Italian Baroque to northern Italy.

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