Gaetano Alemani

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Gaetano Alemani[1] (or Alamanni;[2] 1728- December 14, 1782) was an Italian painter, active mainly in Bologna in the architectural and ornamental painting (quadratura) for the decoration of churches and theatres, as well as a scenic designer.


Born in Bologna, he was a pupil of Stefano Orlandi and Mauro Tesi. Among his works are decorations at the Chapel of the Nativity of the Virgin in San Biago, Bologna; the main chapel of the archiepiscopal church of Pizzocalvo; the altar of San Rocco in San Petronio in Bologna, decorations in the Church delle Grazie; scenes for the Theater of the College of San Luigi, Teatro Zagnoni, and the Public Theater in 1763, 1778, and 1782; ceilings in casa Corbici of Forlì; scenes painted alongside Vincenzo Martinelli for the Teatro comunale inaugurated in 1775; frescoed quadratura for villa Ercolani della Crocetta, and a large number of decorations (1779) for the church of the Carmine in Forlì. He became a member of the Accademia Clementina.

One source states Gaetano learned scenic design with Antonio Bibiena.[3]


  1. ^ Bryan mistakenly calls him Gaetaso, others may misspell his surname Alemanni
  2. ^ Entry in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani - Volume 2 (1960) by Rezio Buscaroli.
  3. ^ Guida del forestiere per la città di Bologna e suoi sobborghi, by Girolamo Bianconi; Annesio Nobili, Bologna, 1820, page 451.