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Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini
(b Venice, 29 Apr. 1675; d Venice, 5 Nov. 1741). Venetian painter, the brother-in-law of Rosalba Carriera. Pellegrini played a major part in the spread of the Venetian style of large-scale decorative painting in northern Europe, working in Austria, England, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. He was in England from 1708 to 1713 (and briefly in 1719). He and Marco Ricci were the first Venetian artists to work there; they arrived together, accompanying Charles Montagu (later the 1st Duke of Manchester), the British ambassador to Venice.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)