Domenico Gargiulo

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Domenico Gargiulo
Domenico Gargiulo - The eruption of the Vesuvius in 1631.JPG
The eruption of the Vesuvius in 1631
Born1609-1610, Naples
Diedca. 1675, Naples
Occupationpainter, draughtsman

Domenico Gargiulo called Micco Spadaro (1609–1610 – ca. 1675) was an Italian painter of the Baroque period, mainly active in Naples and known for his landscapes, genre scenes, and history paintings.


Domenico Gargiulo was the son of a sword maker. This earned Domenico the nickname 'Micco Spadaro' ('spadaro' means 'sword maker'). He was trained in the workshop of the battle-painter Aniello Falcone, where he was a contemporary of Andrea di Leone and Salvator Rosa. He also worked with Viviano Codazzi, to whose architectural paintings he added the figures.[1]

His early works were influenced by Paul Bril whose works he must have known from Bril's 1602 landscape frescoes in the atrium of S Maria Regina Coeli in Naples. He was also influenced by Filippo Napoletano.[1]

Among his pupils were Pietro Pesce and Ignazio Oliva. He was patronized by collectors such as Gaspar Roomer. He also worked in the Certosa di San Martino, where he painted in the Coro dei Conversi and Quarto del priori. He painted a representation of the insurrection by Masaniello and of the plague of 1656.[2]


  1. ^ a b Oreste Ferrari. "Spadaro, Micco." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 25 April 2016
  2. ^ Marshall, Christopher (September 1998). ""Causa di Stravaganze": Order and Anarchy in Domenico Gargiulo's Revolt of Masaniello". The Art Bulletin. 80 (3): 478–497. doi:10.2307/3051301. JSTOR 3051301.


  • Schütze, Sebastian (1995). "Domenico Gargiulo detto Micco Spadaro. Paesaggista e 'cronista' napoletano". The Burlington Magazine. pp. 624–625.
  • 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. 69.

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