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The Most Famous Unknown Artist

Perhaps the last artist is unknown, however, this Italian painter was one of the best in Europe during the 18th century. His works of art were in great demand by noble families, the Catholic Church and the most important courts of the day. Edith Gabrielli Art Historian Everyone wanted his works. The most powerful kings called him to decorate their palaces. However, his name was in total oblivion, no one knows who he was today and art historians do not have a clear idea of him. That?s why the Italian cultural institutions have opened an exhibit in the Eternal City so that art experts and the public can get to know him. His most impressive work of art is at the former monastery of Saint Agustin. The Multiplication of the Loaves and FishesEdith Gabrielli Art HistorianThe work of art is characterized by strokes, for a way to extend a color that is extremely soft and suggestive: light, pleasant, colors that range from pink, to light green, to sky blue. Agostino Gioia, the prior of Saint Agustin?s order and one of the most powerful men of the period, commissioned one of the painter?s first creations in 1752. Edith Gabrielli Art HistorianHe requested it for the monastery?s dining room, this explains why it was chosen, the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Other of his most impressive works, showing another phase of the painter, are the allegories of peace, war, summer and autumn. According to Gabrielli, these works show the result of good governance, the result of a country with an enlightened and capable leader. The exhibit will be open until March 15. It?s an opportunity to appreciate and learn about the history of Italian art through a collection of 20 paintings brought from museums worldwide.