Sebastiano Conca
Italian, January 8, 1680 - September 1, 1764
Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Sebastiano Conca’s paintings were coveted by international royalty and prestigious Roman collectors—he was even commissioned by Pope Clement XI. Born in Naples, Conca studied at the academy of Francesco Solimena, who bestowed his Neapolitan Baroque teachings upon Conca, an influence identifiable in Conca’s earliest commissions. Upon arrival in Rome and the establishment of his studio, Conca began accepting private commissions from local collectors and nobility, wherein the influence of Solimena’s teaching can be seen in the theatrical compositions and intense chromaticism of the work. As Conca’s style gradually evolved, the demand for his paintings continued to increase; at the height of his fame, Conca’s commissions for frescoes and altarpieces were so prevalent that he would send preliminary sketches through the mail to reduce his travel.

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