Giacinto Diano

Italian, 1730-1803

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Giacinto Diano was a prominent painter of late 18th-century Naples, historically significant in his city’s transition from Rococo to Neoclassical styles of art. A student of Francesco de Mura, Diano was immediately influenced by the dramatic colors and compositions of his teacher, as evidenced through his early paintings in the apse and vault of the San Pietro Martire Church of Naples. Diano was further influenced by the compositions and elegantly refined forms of the Roman painters Pompeo Batoni and Luigi Vanvitelli; ultimately his style would be characterized by warm tonalities, gracefully posed figures, and grandiose compositions—which have been defined as a Neapolitan interpretation of Roman Classicism.

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Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields