Fresco decorations
by PIETRO DA CORTONA

Pietro da Cortona, painter and architect, was one of the founders of the Roman High Baroque, comparable with Bernini in sculpture. He painted his most famous work, the huge ceiling fresco, Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, for the palace of the Barberini family in Rome. This fresco is a huge illusion, with its central field apparently open to the sky and scores of figures seen coming into the room itself or floating above it. He painted similar frescoes in the Pitti Palace in Florence, where his Allegories of Virtues and Planets have elaborate stucco accompaniments uniting the painted ceilings with the framework of the rooms. This form of decoration was widely influential, not only in Italy, but also in France.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
The Triumph of Divine Providence
1633-39
Fresco
Palazzo Barberini, Rome

1320*961
True Color
205 Kb



Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power
1633-39
Fresco
Palazzo Barberini, Rome

800*1107
True Color
189 Kb



Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power (detail)
1633-39
Fresco
Palazzo Barberini, Rome

808*1069
True Color
194 Kb



View of the Galleria Pamphilj
1651-54
Fresco
Palazzo Pamphilj, Rome

1030*777
True Color
142 Kb



Landing of the Trojans at the Mouth of Tiberis
1651-54
Fresco
Palazzo Pamphilj, Rome

1030*774
True Color
166 Kb



Apotheose of Aeneas (detail)
1651-54
Fresco
Palazzo Pamphilj, Rome

908*580
True Color
127 Kb



View of the Hall of Venus
1642
Fresco
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

837*1200
True Color
210 Kb



Ceiling of the Hall of Venus
1642
Fresco
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

1087*900
True Color
235 Kb



View of the Hall of Mars
1643-44
Fresco
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

950*1104
True Color
211 Kb



Ceiling fresco with Medici coat-of-arms
1643-44
Fresco
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

900*1250
True Color
215 Kb



View of the Hall of Jupiter
1643-44
Fresco
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

1154*900
True Color
201 Kb



View of the Hall of Saturn
1663-65
Fresco
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

1098*770
True Color
203 Kb



Ceiling Fresco in the Hall of Saturn
1663-65
Fresco
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

1207*800
True Color
224 Kb



View of the Sala della Stufa
1637-41
Fresco
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

850*1212
True Color
228 Kb



The Age of Gold
1637
Fresco
Sala della Stufa, Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

900*1177
True Color
235 Kb



Study for the Age of Silver
c. 1635
Black chalk and white lead on blue paper, 400 x 251 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

850*1324
True Color
191 Kb



Study for the Age of Silver
1637
Red and black pencil on waxed paper, 350 x 246 mm
Museo Horne, Florence

611*1100
True Color
135 Kb



The Age of Gold
-
Pen, ink, red chalk on white paper, 420 x 280 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

800*1046
True Color
177 Kb



The Age of Bronze
1637-41
Fresco
Sala della Stufa, Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

850*1205
True Color
223 Kb



The Age of Iron
1637-41
Fresco
Sala della Stufa, Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

850*1200
True Color
202 Kb




Paintings by PIETRO DA CORTONA
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