Cesare Fracassini

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Cesare Fracassini (or Fracassi) (December 18, 1838 – December 13, 1868) was an Italian painter, mainly of large mythologic or religious topics.

He was born in Rome, and studied painting there with Tommaso Minardi before enrolling in the Accademia di San Luca, where he executed several frescoes for San Lorenzo fuori le Mura. He lived alongside the painter Cesare Mariani as a young man. He often collaborated or obtained commissions with his friend Paolo Mei, as well as a colleague of Guglielmo de Sanctis and Bernardo Celentano.[1] He died in 1868. One of his most important pictures is The Martyrs of Gorinchem, painted for a beatification ceremony in the Vatican.

In 1857, he was awarded first prize at the Concorso Clementino. He painted a St Jerome for the church of San Sebastian on via Appia. He also painted a Daphne and Chloe for an exposition in Florence. He painted the curtain or sipario for the Teatro Argentina in Rome with Numa takes the counsel of the Egerian Nymph. He painted a large canvas of Apollo and Phaeton with the Solar chariot, among others for the theater, and also painted a sipario for the theater of Orvieto. He was commissioned to paint a number of canvases for the decoration of San Lorenzo fuori la Mura. Fracassini was admired for his speed of painting.[2]


  1. ^ Willard, Ashton R. (1905). History of Modern Italian Art p. 410. Accessed 9 July 2013.
  2. ^ Giucci, Gaetanno (1872). "Biografia di Cesare Fracassini, Pittore" in Roma Artistica: Pubblicazione Mensile, Illustrata, Raffaello Ojetti (ed.), Volume 1, Number 8, pp. 57-60. (in Italian). Accessed 9 July 2013.


  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Fracassi, Cesare". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.

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