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Antonio Verrio
Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

Antonio Verrio c.1700

Antonio Verrio (c.1636–1639–1707)

National Portrait Gallery, London

(b Lecce or Naples, c.1636; d Hampton Court, Middlesex [now in Greater London], 15 June 1707). Italian decorative painter who settled in England in 1671/2. He is said to have trained in Venice, and he worked in Naples and France before moving to England; there he enjoyed an enormously successful and well-remunerated career as the first of the foreign artists who dominated the fairly brief period when Baroque wall and ceiling painting was in vogue in the country.

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

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