Giacomo Cotta

1627 - 1689

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Giacomo Cotta studied initially under Ciro Ferri, who worked in Bergamo during the first half of the seventeenth century and the Roman artist’s style and technique were to have a profound effect on the development of Cotta’s mature style. He later worked for a brief period in the studio of Federico Agnelli in Milan and Cotta married Agnelli’s daughter Margherita around 1649. His career continued to proper in Milan and he even produced a series of paintings for Maria Anna of Austria. He spent the later part of his career in Bergamo and his most important commissions there were a Sacrifice of Abraham for the Church of the Capuchins and a Death of Saint Joseph for S. Giuseppe. After the death of his wife in 1670, he entered the priesthood.

Now largely known for being the teacher of the flamboyant portrait painter Giuseppe Ghislandi (1655-1743), Cotta was an accomplished painter of canvases and frescoes and was also a prolific printmaker and engraved several of his own works.


Available Art Works

The Adoration of the Magi

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Historical Period: 1600-1720 Baroque
The Adoration of the Magi