Giovanni Felice Ramelli

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Giovanni Felice Ramelli (1666–1740) was an Italian painter of the Baroque period, active mainly in Rome. He was also became an abbot of the Augustinian order of Canons Regular of the Lateran.

He was born in Asti in the Piedmont. He became a monk in the abbey of S. Andrea in Vercelli, then in San Pietro di Gattinara, and finally was named abbott of Santa Maria Nova of Asti in 1707. He initially trained in Vercelli with the manuscript illuminator, the monk Dionision Rho. He also had contacts with the pastel painter Rosalba Carriera.

In 1717, he was called to Rome, where he was made by Pope Clement XI, abbott in perpetuity of the Augustinian St John Lateran. He died in Rome and was buried in Santa Maria della Pace.

He excelled in portrait miniatures. In the Gallery of Bologna, there are miniatures of Guido Reni, Lorenzo Pasinelli, Giovanni Gioseffo Dal Sole; while in Dresden is a female portrait. In the Riksmuseum of Amsterdam, there is a miniature of Joseph and Potiphar by Carlo Cignani. The Palazzo Graziani in Pesaro has a miniature painting of a Shepherd with dead game, while at the University of Padua is a miniature of the Virgin and Child.[1] The King of Sardinia invited him to his court, where he was for some time employed in painting the portraits of the most celebrated painters, many of which he copied from the originals, painted by themselves, in the Florentine Gallery (now Uffizi).[2]


  1. ^ Biography of Augustinian painters.
  2. ^ *Bryan, Michael (1889). Walter Armstrong & Robert Edmund Graves, ed. Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical (Volume II L-Z). York St. #4, Covent Garden, London; Original from Fogg Library, Digitized May 18, 2007: George Bell and Sons. pp. page 345.