Giacinto Diano or Diana (28 March 1731 – 13 August 1803) was an Italian painter, active in Southern Italy in a style that mixes Rococo and Neoclassicism.

The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian

Life edit

Giacinto was born in Pozzuoli, and died in Naples. He trained in the studio of Francesco De Mura, whose work would influence his early compositions.[1] He worked briefly in Rome with Anton Raphael Mengs, before settling in Naples in 1752.[2] Naples was at the time experiencing a period of great artistic and cultural splendor due to the presence of the enlightened Charles III of Spain. Nicknamed o Puzzulaniello or referred to as il Pozzolano, Giacinto succeeded in gaining within a short timespan a prominent place in the art scene of his time.

Among his works were:[3]

  • Frescoes for the Palazzo Francavilla (now Palazzo Cellammare)
  • Frescoes for the Hospital of Santa Maria della Pace
  • Frescoes for church of the Pellegrini
  • Two canvases for the church of Agostino della Zecca

He became professor at Naples' Accademia del Disegno in 1773 but continued to achieve a prolific output.[4] Gaetano Gigante was one of his pupils.

Work edit

Giacinto Diano painted in a light, colourful and dramatic style.[5] His works included paintings in a chapel in San Pietro ad Aram, and in the church of the Nunziata.

Sources edit

  1. ^ Art and architecture in Italy, 1600-1750, by Rudolf Wittkower, Joseph Connors, and Jennifer Montagu, Page 118
  2. ^ Le belle arti, Volumes 1-2, By Giovanni Battista Gennaro Grossi, Tipografia del Giornale Enciclopedico, Strada del Salvadore a Sant'Angelo a Nilo #48, Naples (1820); page 192
  3. ^ Vicende della coltura nelle due Sicilie, by Pietro Napoli-Signorelli. Volume II, 2nd edition, Naples (1811); page 253.
  4. ^ Alexander Kader. "Diana, Giacinto." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.
  5. ^ Giacinto Diana (1730–1803), The Reception of Saint John of God into Heaven at Compton Verney

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