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Antonio Amorosi



Amorosi, Antonio (Mercurio)

(b Comunanza, nr Ascoli Piceno, 1660; d 5 Oct 1738). Italian painter. He received public commissions and painted altarpieces for Roman churches, but he was primarily a genre painter, who specialized in paintings of youths and children. He was a pupil of Giuseppe Ghezzi, in whose workshop in Rome, alongside Pier Leone Ghezzi, he received a traditionally academic training between 1676 and 1687. The earliest work attributed to Amorosi is the signed portrait of a child, Filippo Ricci (c. 1690; New York, Weitzner priv. col.), and such portraits became a favourite theme. He collaborated with Pier Leone Ghezzi on the Virgin of Loreto for S Caterina at Comunanza, the confused composition of which, despite its poor conservation, reveals the artist’s immaturity. In 1699 he frescoed the Palazzo Comunale at Civitavecchia with Innocent XII Receiving the City Fathers and, opposite, the Virgin with St Ferma (both untraced), St Ferma being the patron saint of the city. In 1702 he painted St Gregory and the Souls in Purgatory (Civitavecchia, S Maria della Morte), distinguished by the crowding of the figures and by the vortex-like composition; the angel at the centre is indebted to Carlo Maratti. After this date his official commissions became scarce: they include St Francis of Paola (1719; Rome, S Rocco) and the altarpiece (1736–8) in S Bernardino, Rome, both undistinguished works.


Boy with Drawing



Boy and girl embracing in a palatial interior



A Boy with a Dog



An Old Shepherd Playing a Flute to a Young Shepherd



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