Ottavio Leoni (Il Padovano)(Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Ludovico Leoni of Padua, painter and celebrated sculptor of all portraits ~ Engraving, 1625 ~ The artist's father, Ludovico (1542-1612) was known from his birthplace as 'il Padovanino', a nickname also applied to his son. He is the only subject in this series not living when the engraving was made. Ludovico worked in Rome, where Baglione records that he was 'distinguished during the time of Pope Paul.Ludovico also made medals and engraved seals.

Ottavio Leoni (Il Padovano)(Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Ludovico Leoni of Padua, painter and celebrated sculptor of all portraits ~ Engraving, 1625 ~ The artist's father, Ludovico (1542-1612) was known from his birthplace as 'il Padovanino', a nickname also applied to his son. He is the only subject in this series not living when the engraving was made. Ludovico worked in Rome, where Baglione records that he was 'distinguished during the time of Pope Paul.Ludovico also made medals and engraved seals.

Ottavio Leoni  (Il Padovano)(Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Tommaso Salini ~ Engraving ~ ca.1618 ~ One of five prints of the painter Tommaso (known as Mao) Salini (1575-1625), in which Leoni was perhaps testing ways of drawing a portrait with an engraving tool. They may be Leoni's earliest engravings. Salini was witness in the 1603 lawsuit brought by his friend and mentor Giovanni Baglione against Caravaggio. Salini's style was heavily influenced by Caravaggio.

Ottavio Leoni (Il Padovano)(Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Tommaso Salini ~ Engraving ~ ca.1618 ~ One of five prints of the painter Tommaso (known as Mao) Salini (1575-1625), in which Leoni was perhaps testing ways of drawing a portrait with an engraving tool. They may be Leoni's earliest engravings. Salini was witness in the 1603 lawsuit brought by his friend and mentor Giovanni Baglione against Caravaggio. Salini's style was heavily influenced by Caravaggio.

Ottavio Leoni (Il Padovano)(Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Giovanni Baglione (Rome, (1566-1644) ~ Engraving ~ ca.1621 ~ As in the later portrait of Baglione, he wears the cross of a Knight of the Cross of Christ, which he was awarded in 1606.  He is probably best remembered for his book, Lives of Painters, sculptors and Architects (Rome, 1642), which is one of the principal sources of information on art and artists from 1572 to 1642.

Ottavio Leoni (Il Padovano)(Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Giovanni Baglione (Rome, (1566-1644) ~ Engraving ~ ca.1621 ~ As in the later portrait of Baglione, he wears the cross of a Knight of the Cross of Christ, which he was awarded in 1606. He is probably best remembered for his book, Lives of Painters, sculptors and Architects (Rome, 1642), which is one of the principal sources of information on art and artists from 1572 to 1642.

Ottavio Leoni (Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi ~ Engraving ~ 1628 ~ Ludovico Ludovisi (1595-1632) was created Cardinal within three days of his uncle Alessandro Ludovisi's election as Pope Gregory XV in 1621. He ran the frail Gregory's affairs and accrued vast wealth. He assembled the finest collection of antique sculpture in Rome, and patronized artists from his native Emilia. After Gregory's death in 1623, Ludovico lost power but kept the position of Vice-Chancellor.

Ottavio Leoni (Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi ~ Engraving ~ 1628 ~ Ludovico Ludovisi (1595-1632) was created Cardinal within three days of his uncle Alessandro Ludovisi's election as Pope Gregory XV in 1621. He ran the frail Gregory's affairs and accrued vast wealth. He assembled the finest collection of antique sculpture in Rome, and patronized artists from his native Emilia. After Gregory's death in 1623, Ludovico lost power but kept the position of Vice-Chancellor.

Ottavio Leoni (Il Padovano) (Rome, 1578-1630) was an Italian painter and printmaker of the early-Baroque, active mainly in Rome. Ottavio Leoni, self-portrayed in this 1625 engraving, was also the engraver of a set of portraits of painters. His portrait of Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio is the only documented portrait of the painter by another artist. Leoni wears the cross of a Knight (Cavaliere) of the Cross of Christ.

Ottavio Leoni (Il Padovano) (Rome, 1578-1630) was an Italian painter and printmaker of the early-Baroque, active mainly in Rome. Ottavio Leoni, self-portrayed in this 1625 engraving, was also the engraver of a set of portraits of painters. His portrait of Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio is the only documented portrait of the painter by another artist. Leoni wears the cross of a Knight (Cavaliere) of the Cross of Christ.

Ottavio Leoni (Il Padovano)(Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Lodovico Bertuccio (?) ~ Engraving ~ ca.1618-1620 ~ This seems to be among the earliest of Leoni's prints, characterized by his early engraving style with its relatively loose and open system of modelling form, and sparse, linear description of costume details.The name of the sitter is  perhaps identifiable with the painter Lodovico Bertucci, born in Modena, and who worked in Rome specializing in scenes of everyday peasant life and fanciful…

Ottavio Leoni (Il Padovano)(Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Lodovico Bertuccio (?) ~ Engraving ~ ca.1618-1620 ~ This seems to be among the earliest of Leoni's prints, characterized by his early engraving style with its relatively loose and open system of modelling form, and sparse, linear description of costume details.The name of the sitter is perhaps identifiable with the painter Lodovico Bertucci, born in Modena, and who worked in Rome specializing in scenes of everyday peasant life and fanciful…

Ottavio Leoni ~ Cavaliere Giovanni Baglione of Rome ~ painter ~ Engraving, 1625 ~ Baglione (1566-1644) enjoyed a considerable career as a painter and draughtsman, with important commissions, but he is probably best remembered for his book, Lives of Painters, sculptors and Architects (Rome, 1642), which is one of the principal sources of information on art and artists from 1572 to 1642. Baglione, wears the cross of a Knight (Cavaliere) of the Cross of Christ, which was awarded to him in 1606.

Ottavio Leoni ~ Cavaliere Giovanni Baglione of Rome ~ painter ~ Engraving, 1625 ~ Baglione (1566-1644) enjoyed a considerable career as a painter and draughtsman, with important commissions, but he is probably best remembered for his book, Lives of Painters, sculptors and Architects (Rome, 1642), which is one of the principal sources of information on art and artists from 1572 to 1642. Baglione, wears the cross of a Knight (Cavaliere) of the Cross of Christ, which was awarded to him in 1606.

Ottavio Leoni (Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Paolo Giordano II Orsini, Duke of Bracciano ~ Engraving ~ ca.1623 ~ Printed from the earlier of the two plates that Leoni engraved of the Duke. This portrait is close to the earliest of Leoni's known drawings of him (Louvre, Paris), dated 1620. Orsini was raised in the Medici court of Florene and was an artist, musician and published poet.

Ottavio Leoni (Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Paolo Giordano II Orsini, Duke of Bracciano ~ Engraving ~ ca.1623 ~ Printed from the earlier of the two plates that Leoni engraved of the Duke. This portrait is close to the earliest of Leoni's known drawings of him (Louvre, Paris), dated 1620. Orsini was raised in the Medici court of Florene and was an artist, musician and published poet.

Ottavio Leoni (Il Padovano)(Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Portrait of Cavaliere Giuseppe Cesare of Arpino, painter ~ Engraving ~ 1621 ~ Known as Cavaliere d'Arpino (1568-1640) after his birthplace and the knighthood awarded by Pope Clement VIII. He wears the Order of the Cross of Christ in this portrait. He was Clement's principal painter, but fared less well under Paul V

Ottavio Leoni (Il Padovano)(Rome, 1578-1630) ~ Portrait of Cavaliere Giuseppe Cesare of Arpino, painter ~ Engraving ~ 1621 ~ Known as Cavaliere d'Arpino (1568-1640) after his birthplace and the knighthood awarded by Pope Clement VIII. He wears the Order of the Cross of Christ in this portrait. He was Clement's principal painter, but fared less well under Paul V

Ottavio Leoni (Rome, 1578-1630) was an Italian painter and printmaker of the early-Baroque, active mainly in Rome. Ottavio Leoni, self-portrayed in this 1625 engraving, was also the engraver of a set of portraits of painters. His portrait of Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio is the only documented portrait of the painter by another artist.

Ottavio Leoni (Rome, 1578-1630) was an Italian painter and printmaker of the early-Baroque, active mainly in Rome. Ottavio Leoni, self-portrayed in this 1625 engraving, was also the engraver of a set of portraits of painters. His portrait of Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio is the only documented portrait of the painter by another artist.

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