Carlo CESIO or CESI (c.1622 – 1682)

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(Italian, Antrodoco c.1622 – 1682 Rieti)

After ANNIBALE CARRACCI (1560 – 1609)

“Jupiter embracing Juno from the ‘Galeria nel Palazzo Farnese’ in Roma”, plate 6 published by Arnold van Westerhout (Flemish, Antwerp 1651–1725) Bartsch XXI.109.26

Engraving 23.5 x 22.5 cm. (7ex. various similar sizes) (unframed)

Carlo Cesio or Carlo Cesi (1622–1682) was a painter and engraver of the Roman school. He was born at Androdoco, in the Roman States, in 1622. Carlo Cesio was brought up at Rome in the school of Pietro da Cortona, and was employed with some of the best artists of his time in several public works during the pontificate of Alexander VII. He painted historical subjects, and his works are held in considerable estimation. He died at Rieti in 1686. In the Quirinal, he painted The Judgment of Solomon, and others of his works are in Santa Maria Maggiore and in the Rotunda. Carlo Cesio was also an engraver of some eminence; there several plates after the Italian painters of his time. His plates are etched and finished off with the graver, in a free, masterly style. His drawing is generally correct, and his prints have the effect of the works of a painter.

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