ANGELI, Giuseppe
(b. 1712, Venezia, d. 1798, Venezia)

Biography

Late Baroque Italian painter, active mainly in Venice. He entered Piazzetta's workshop at an early age. Among the painters of the workshop he was the most adept at imitating the master's style, and later he became the director of the workshop. In his early period he produced genre paintings, half-length devotional images, decorative cycles, and large religious paintings, however, in his maturity he concentrated on religious paintings. His style derived primarily from his teacher's late manner, although he was receptive to other contemporary developments, particularly the refined elegance and lighter palettes of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Jacopo Amigoni.

In addition to large altarpieces, Angeli also executed decorative commissions in palaces and villas. He is known for two canvases in the church of San Stae and for a series of frescoes at the Villa Widmann-Foscari near Padua. He was repeatedly employed by the Scuola di San Rocco, where he executed a number of ceiling paintings and restored works by Jacopo Tintoretto.

Elected drawing master in 1756, Angeli was long a leading member of the Venetian Academy until the later 1770s.