Gaspare Celio

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Battle Scene, Borghese Gallery, Rome.

Gaspare Celio (1571 in Rome–November 24, 1640 in Rome) was an Italian painter of the late-Mannerist and early-Baroque period, active mainly in his native city of Rome.

Celio was the pupil of Circignani, according to Baglione, but of Cristoforo Roncalli, if we are to believe Abate Titi.[1]

His first commissions in about 1596 were completed with Giuseppe Valeriano who asked Celio to decorate the Chapel of the Passion in the church of il Gesù in Rome.[2] This work was done after the design of P. Giovanni Battista Fiammeri. He also paints a Madonna and Bambino, now in Santa Maria del Carmine, a The Passage of Moses through the Red Sea (1607) in a vault of the Palazzo Mattei, a Death of the Giants. He painted a St Francis for the altar of the Ospizio at Ponte Sisto. He painted a History of S. Raimondo at the Santa Maria sopra Minerva.[1]

Between 1620 -1638 he helps publish a guide to the churches and artwork in Rome (Memoria delli nomi dell'artefici delle pitture che sono in alcune chiese, facciate e palazzi di Roma). He engraved antique statues. He briefly worked in Parma as a painter for the court of Ranuccio Farnese.


  • Works at the Capilla della Passione (1596), iglesia del Gesù, Rome
  • Virgin and Child or Madonna (Santa Maria del Carmine)
  • The Passage of Moses Through the Red Sea (1607), in the vault of Palazzo Mattei
  • Death of the Giants Palazzo Mattei, Rome
  • Works at the Capilla Altieri (1622), San Francesco a Ripa, Rome
    • Ludovica Albertoni
    • Saint Charles Borromeo
    • Holy Family and Saint Anne
  • St. Francis, an altar of the Ospizio at Ponte Sisto
  • History of Saint Raymond, Santa Maria sopra Minerva
  • Battle Scene (Borghese Gallery, Rome)


Further reading[edit]

  • Sydney Joseph Freedberg (1978). Paintings in Italy, 1500-1600
  • The Grove Dictionary of Art, MacMillan Publishers (2000)
  • José Luis Colomer, Arte y diplomacia de la monarquía hispánica en el siglo XVII (Art and Diplomacy in the Spanish Monarchy in the 17th Century), CEEH (2003). ISBN 84-933403-0-8
  • Comune di Bozzolo; Gruppo Culturale Per Bozzolo (a cura di), Il Principe e la Città. Giulio Cesare Gonzaga di Bozzolo, Modena, 1994. ISBN non esistente.