The Portrait Society | Anton Domenico Gabbiani

30/6/1997 | 4th quarter 20th centuryCharcoal and acrylic on canvasH x L : 50 x 40 cm

Anton Domenico Gabbiani was a painter from Florence who was in the service of the Medici for almost his entire career. He trained in the workshop of the Medici court painter Justus Sustermans. In the years 1678/79, he stayed in Venice for study purposes. From 1680, Gabbiani was back in Florence, where he found a loyal patron in Grand Duke Ferdinando de' Medici. Gabbiani mainly painted portraits for him. In 1690, Gabbiani was supposed to paint portraits of Emperor Leopold I and his family in Vienna. He was unable to complete the commission due to illness and had to return after five months. Back in Florence, he painted numerous frescoes for public buildings and residences of the Medici family. Even after Ferdinando's death in 1713, Gabbiani continued to receive commissions from the Medici. He also executed frescoes in Florentine churches. There are two portraits by Gabbiani in the Uffizi's collection of artists' self-portraits. He painted the later around 1715 at the request of Cosimo III de' Medici for the duke's collection. Only a little later, between 1717 and 1725, the painter Isacco Campo was commissioned by Cosimo's personal physician, Tommaso Puccini, to copy the artist's self-portraits from the Medici collection. The copy Campo made of Gabbiani's self-portrait was the model for Roland Schauls' portrait. Nothing is known about the painter Isacco Campo.

 

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