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Paying tribute to Medici's painter Carlo Dolci

The first exhibition in America dedicated to Carlo Dolci, the famous Italian painter and draughtsman of the Baroque
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period was opened at the Davis Museum, Wellesley College (Massachusetts). The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence exhibition offers its visitors a fantastic opportunity to study the oeuvre and life story of one of the most recognized and significant artists in Florence.
Paying tribute to Medici's painter Carlo Dolci
His meticulously rendered paintings, bright colors and paint layers of his artworks seemingly enameled won the favor of the Medici family, the most powerful people in the city.
Carlo Dolci. The virgin and child
The virgin and child
1640-th , 112.7×99.7 cm
Carlo (or Carlino) Dolci (1616 — 1686) was known for highly finished religious pictures, often repea

Carlo (or Carlino) Dolci (1616 — 1686) was known for highly finished religious pictures, often repeated in many pieces of art. His first artworks went back to the mid 1620s, when he apprenticed at a young age to Jacopo Vignali. We could not say that he was a prolific artist. "He would take weeks over a single foot", according to his biographer Filippo Baldinucci. Because of his meticulous and laborious manner of painting Dolci avoided large commissions to paint frescoes. His artworks were not large though some of his full size paintings survived.


Carlo Dolci, The Double Self-Portrait (1674)

Though, very often the artist had to obey the demands of his customers including Cosimo III de' Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, who ensured rather high income for him. At the same time his works survived unique and recognizable. More detailed story of the artist’s life you can find here.

Some details from Carlo Dolci's life history

Carlo Dolci was known for his piety. It is said that every year during Passion Week he painted a hal

Carlo Dolci was known for his piety. It is said that every year during Passion Week he painted a half-figure of the Savior wearing the Crown of Thorns.

Dolci’s daughter, Agnese (died in 1680), was also a painter and produced a few nice replicas of her father’s artworks.

Dolci appeared constitutionally blind to the new aesthetic, he fitted into a long tradition of prestigious official Florentine painting that held each drawn figure under a microscope of academicism. The artist was criticized for his touch "inexpressibly neat … though he has often been censured for the excessive labour bestowed on his pictures, and for giving his carnations more of the appearance of ivory than the look of flesh".




Carlo Dolci. The Penitent St. Peter (1650-s)

In 1682, when he saw Luca Giordano, nicknamed "fa presto" (quick worker), who painted more in five hours than Dolci could have completed in months, he fell into a depression and died in four years.
Among the best works by Carlo Dolci are the St Sebastian, the Four Evangelists at Florence, Christ Breaking the Bread, the St Cecilia at the Organ, the Adoration of the Magi and the St Andrew praying before his Crucifixion. In 1656 he also painted a large altarpiece for the church of Sant' Andrea Cennano in Montevarchi. As was typical for Florentine painters, this was a painting about painting, and in it the Virgin of Soriano holds a miraculous and iconic painting of St Dominic.
Carlo Dolci. The Madonna and child
The Madonna and child
1651, 114.3×99.1 cm
The artworks by Carlo Dolci gained popularity among foreign nobility traveling arounf Europe in the XVIII century and among the American collectors of the XIX century. However, his fame has faded since that time.
The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence exhibition is focused on the revival of 

The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence exhibition is focused on the revival of the artist’s reputation and attraction of the attention of the public to his works. The oeuvre of the artist is considered to be an important diplomatic, political and cultural instrument in the history of Florence.

This showcase is the most ambitious project at the Davis Museum dedicated to
Old Masters. It includes more than half a hundred authenticated artworks provided by private collectors and large international institutions including the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Louvre Museum in Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, among others.

Carlo Dolci. The Penitent Magdalen (about 1670) from the collection of the Davis Museum is an attribute of the Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence exhibition.

The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence exhibition will work at the Davis Museum till July 9. Then it will move to Durham, North Carolina, and the Nasher Museum of Art will house it from August 24, 2017 to January 14, 2018.
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Carlo Dolci. Poetry
Poetry
1640-th , 54×42 cm
According to the official site of the Davis Museum, Wellesley College (Massachusetts) and other sources.