Giovanni Gioseffo dal Sole

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Giovanni Gioseffo dal Sole (10 December 1654 – 22 July 1719) was an Italian painter and engraver from Bologna, active in the late-Baroque period.


His father, Giovanni Antonio Maria, was a landscape painter who trained with Francesco Albani. Giovanni Gioseffo first apprenticed with Domenico Maria Canuti, and then in 1672; he entered the Roman studio of Lorenzo Pasinelli. He painted frescoes in the cupola of Santa Maria dei Poveri in Bologna,[1] and an altarpiece of the Trinity (1700) for the Chiesa del Suffragio in Imola. He is said to have collaborated with Giuseppe Maria Crespi.

Giovanni Gioseffo dal Sole, Death of Priam, c.1680.

He was one of the painters who contributed a canvas depicting the mythologic scene of Andromache weeping before Aeneas for the renowned Aenid Gallery of the Palazzo Buonaccorsi in Macerata; a decoration that employed many of the premier contemporary artists: with frescoes by Rambaldi, Dardani, and Solimena; and canvases by Garzi, Gambarini, Balestra, Lazzarini, and Franceschini.

Two paintings by Dal Sole, Diana with cupids and Ecstasy of the Magdalen are found in the Palazzo Spalletti-Trivelli in Bologna. There is a Salome with the St John the Baptist in the Fitzwilliam Museum attributed to Giovanni Gioseffo. He also frescoed the Palazzo Mansi in Lucca with a Judgement of Paris.

Among his many pupils were Felice Torelli, Lucia Casalini (Torelli's wife),[2] Antonio Beduzzi, Francesco Monti (Bologna), Bastiano Galleoti,[3] Gioseffo Vitali, Donato Creti, Giovanni Battista Grati (Batistino Grati), of Bologna[4] Gioseffo[5] and Cesare Mazzoni, Carlo Salis,[6] Francesco Pavona, Dionigi Donnini (Girolamo Donini),[7] Francesco Comi (il Fornaretto), and Jacopo Saeta.[8] He also played some role as a mentor to a pupil of Pasinelli and Sirani (though unclear father or daughter Elisabetta), Teresa Muratori Scannabecchi,[9] and his Giovanni Gioseffo's granddaughter Francesca Fantoni.[10]

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  1. ^ In 2016, church stands nearly a complete ruin.
  2. ^ Orlandi, Pellegrino Antonio; Guarienti, Pietro (1719), Abecedario pittorico, Naples, p. 303 
  3. ^ Orlandi, page 85.
  4. ^ Orlandi, page 86.
  5. ^ Orlandi, page 199.
  6. ^ Orlandi, page 106.
  7. ^ Orlandi, page 258.
  8. ^ Della origine e delle vicende della pittura in Padova, by Giannantonio Moschini, Tipografia Crescini, Padua (1826), page 107.
  9. ^ Luigi, Lanzi (1847). Thomas Roscoe, ed. The History of Painting in Italy; from the period of the revival of the arts to the eighteenth century. Henry G. Bohn, York Street, Covent Garden; Digitized by Googlebooks from Oxford University copy on Jun 31, 2007. 
  10. ^ Garollo, Gottardo (1907). Ulrico Hoepli, ed. Dizionario biografico universale. Editore Libraio della Real Casa, Milan. p. 663.