Carlo Francesco Nuvolone

1609 - 1662

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The prolific artist Carlo Francesco Nuvolone was born in Milan into an Italian family of painters.  He first studied with his father, Panfilo Nuvolone, a late Mannerist painter from Cremona who painted many religious frescoes and altarpieces in a late Mannerist style as well as a number of original still-lifes.  However, the influences of early 17th century Milanese painters are of more significance to his development as an artist than the lessons learned from his father.  He would quickly become a more powerful artist than his father and was recognized as the leading painter in Lombardy in the mid-17th century, producing frescoes, altarpieces, devotional works and portraits.

After the early training with his father, Carlo Francesco studied at the Accademia Ambrosiana in Milan, where he was a pupil of Giovanni Battista Crespi, called “il Cerano”.  In Cerano’s studio he met Daniele Crespi and Giulio Cesare Procaccini, who would both influence the development of his unique style.

His first signed and dated work, the Miracle of St. Martha (1636, Venegono Inferiore, Seminario Arcivescovile), was much influenced by Morazzone and Giulio Cesare Procaccini, and shows his response to the newer artistic developments in Milan.  In these earlier works Nuvolone shows his awareness of the latest developments in Milanese art.  The soft, atmospheric quality of his works shows the influence of his contacts with Crespi, Francesco Cairo, and Giulio Cesare Procaccini.  He was especially indebted to Procaccini for the sensitive modulation of light and shade and for the sweetness he gave to the facial expressions of his figures.

Available Art Works

The Annunciation

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Historical Period: 1600-1720 Baroque
The Annunciation