Francesco Fracanzano

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St. Gregory of Armenia is cast into the pit, 1635, from the San Gregorio Armeno, Naples
Portrait of Dionysius Cato

Francesco Fracanzano (1612–1656) was an Italian painter who participated in the Masaniello rebellion.

Francanzano was the brother of Cesare Fracanzano, a pupil of Spagnoletto and the master of Salvator Rosa, whose sister he had married. His married life was an unhappy one, as by the instigation of his wife he committed crimes for which he suffered death at Naples in 1656.


This article incorporates text from the article "FRACANZANO, Francesco" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.

External links[edit]

  • Jusepe de Ribera, 1591-1652, a full text exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which includes material on Francesco Frazanzano (see index)