November 17, 1666|
|Died||June 17, 1724(aged 57)|
Benedetto Luti (17 November 1666 – 17 June 1724) was an Italian painter.
Luti was born in Florence. He moved to Rome in 1691 where he was patronized by Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, an enthusiast for the pastel portrait. Luti was one of the first artists to work in pastels as the final composition as opposed to initial studies for paintings or frescoes. He also worked in oils and painted frescoes for the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano.
Luti was also a successful art dealer and ran a school of drawing; among his pupils were Giovanni Domenico Piastrini, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Claude Arnulphy, Jean-Baptiste van Loo, William Kent and Charles-André van Loo.
could not find anything (of Luti's) worthy of memory for the benefit of the arts. Pascoli's of account Luti, found him a deep intellect, and even more knowledgeable of the works that he draws, although ... because he knew too much and why ever not satisfied, and oftentimes recycled thoughts and figures: he did not make friends with anyone, and for this reason it was not being applauded too was elected Prince of the Academy.
The next year he dedicated himself to painting the cupola of the Church of Santi Luca e Martina in Rome.
- Peters Brown, E. (2000). "Benedetto Luti". Art in Rome in the Eighteenth Century. Philadelphia/London. pp. 392–399.
- Wilson, M. (1984). "Travels in Italy". William Kent: Architect, Designer, Painter, Gardner, 1685-1748. London.
- Memorie per servire alla storia della romana Accademia di San Luca by Melchiorre Missirini, page 203
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