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 Marco Benefial



Benefial Marco

(b Rome, 1684; d Rome, April 1764).

Italian painter. He was one of the most interesting artists working in Rome in the 18th century and painted altarpieces, frescoes and portraits. His stylistic evolution has little in common with that of his contemporaries; he reacted against the art of the Late Baroque, seeking to renew the study of nature and to return to the classical tradition of Raphael and Annibale Carracci. He introduced a new gravity and clear and direct treatment of space; his art has been described as anticipating Neo-classicism (Noack), yet his originality is more wide-ranging. He was an unconventional painter, and his violent opposition to the Accademia di S Luca may have hindered his career and forced him into disadvantageous partnerships with inferior painters.



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