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Francesco Vanni (1563/64–1610) was the most important artist in Siena at the turn of the 17th century. His works combine dazzling technical virtuosity and brilliant...
Richard Brown Baker (1912–2002, b.a. 1935) began collecting works by emerging artists in the 1940s, becoming one of the first collectors to actively embrace...
Francesco Vanni, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, known as the Madonna della Pappa, ca. 1599. Oil on canvas. Yale University Art Gallery, Maitland F. Griggs, B.A. 1896, Fund
Introducing, Francesco Vanni
The Gallery is pleased to present the first volume devoted to Francesco Vanni (1563/64–1610), one of the most renowned artists of his day in Siena and Rome. Vanni painted altarpieces for virtually every church in Siena, completed an important series of works in Rome including a monumental altarpiece for the Vatican, and sent paintings as far as Genoa and Salzburg. However, the relative inaccessibility of his works—most of which remain in the churches for which he painted them—as well as the large scale of these altarpieces have made Vanni a difficult figure to study. The Gallery’s catalogue, which includes discussion of all 83 works in the exhibition as well as illustrations of those that could not travel, presents a complete account of Vanni’s career and serves as the definitive resource on the artist. While some have dismissed art of the Counter-Reformation as Catholic propaganda or too sentimental, Francesco Vanni: Art in Late Renaissance Siena demonstrates that Vanni’s work is an artistic tour de force and that the painter was, as coauthor John Marciari states, integral in “recasting the course of art.”Learn More