Giovanni Francesco Guerrieri

1589 - 1655/59

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Although not a true Caravaggesque artist, Guerrieri, who was born and bred in Fossombrone, came into contact with Caravaggesque painting. He met Orazio Gentileschi, one of Caravaggism’s greatest exponents, who early in his career was also working in the Marches, the same area where Guerrieri was born. Guerrieri must have been a precocious artist since his first documented commission, a portable standard of a Madonna and Child for the town council of Mombaroccio dates from 1602. Few paintings survive by this artist who echoes Gentileschi’s style and a reconstruction of his development is complicated by a lack of documentation. He is known to have been in Pesaro in 1605 while 1606, he is documented in Fossombrone as copying works of the great Marchigian artist, Federico Barocci. His first securely documented work painted in Rome dates from 1611 – The Penitent Magdalene now in the Cassa di Risparmio di Fano – which is signed and dated and probably he was back working in the Marches in 1613-14. In November 1615-September 1618 he is documented as working for Marco Antonio Borghese in his palazzo at Campo Marzio, Rome where he also employed several assistants. After this date he settled back in his native town of Fossombrone. It has been proposed that on account of several genre scenes he painted in the 1630s he may not only have known Trophime Bigot but perhaps also the great Lombard artist Tanzio da Varallo on the occasion of the latter artist’s journey to the south.

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Judith with the Head of Holofernes

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Historical Period: 1600-1720 Baroque
Judith with the Head of Holofernes