Andrea Camassei

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The Massacre of the Niobids (between 1638 and 1639), Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica

Andrea Camassei (November 1602 – 1649) was an Italian Baroque painter and engraver mainly active in Rome under the patronage of the Barberini.


He was born in Bevagna in Umbria to parents of modest means, Angelina d' Anton Maria Angeli and Lorenzo.[1] He was active in painting in the Palazzo Barberini as well as in Antonio Barberini's favored church, Santa Maria della Concezione, where he painted the Assumption of the Virgin on the dome. His training was under Domenichino, but he also labored under the direction of Sacchi and Pietro da Cortona. He painted a Triumph of Constantine for the Baptistery of the Lateran Palace. He painted for Taddeo Barberini, two large canvases (1638–39) depicting Massacre of the Niobids[2] and Hunt of Diana.[3] He also painted a Saints Bonaventura, Bernardino & Ludovico da Tolosa for Santa Caterina in Rapecchiano (Spello).[4]


  • Wittkower, Rudolf (1993). Pelican History of Art, Art and Architecture Italy, 1600-1750. 1980. Penguin Books. p. 321.
  • Farquhar, Maria (1855). Ralph Nicholson Wornum (ed.). Biographical catalogue of the principal Italian painters. Woodfall & Kinder, Angel Court, Skinner Street, London; Digitized by Googlebooks from Oxford University copy on Jun 27, 2006. p. 35.
  • Attilio, Presenzini (1880). Vita ed opere del pittore Andrea Camassei. Assisi: Sensi.
  • Nessi, Silvestro (2005). Andrea Camassei: un pittore del Seicento tra Roma e l'Umbria. Perugia: Quattroemme.
  1. ^ Presenzini, page 5.
  2. ^ Massacre of the Niobids, now at Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome
  3. ^ Hunt of Diana also at Galleria Nazionale
  4. ^ Santi Bonaventura, Bernardino e Ludovico da Tolosa Archived October 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine in Santa Caterina - Rapecchiano (Spello)