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.


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; the main chapel of the archiepiscopal church of Pizzo-calvo; the altar of San Rocco in San Petronio of 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 for the church of the Carmine in Forlì, dated to 1779. He became a member of the Accademia Clementina.


  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.