VECCHI, Giovanni de'
(b. 1536, Borgo San Sepolcro, d. 1614, Roma)


Italian painter. After training with Raffaello dal Colle in his native Borgo Sansepolcro, then with Taddeo Zuccaro, Giovanni de'Vecchi enjoyed a career spanning over fifty years, spent mostly in Rome.

He assisted Taddeo Zuccari in the interior decoration of the Villa Farnese at Caprarola, a major work in the Mannerist style. He also has paintings in many Roman churches: the Life of St Jerome in Santa Maria in Aracoeli; the four Doctors of the Church (Gregory, Ambrose, Jerome, and Augustine) in the cupola of Il Gesù, St Sebastian in Sant'Andrea della Valle; frescoes with the stories of St Catherine in Cappella Capranica of the Santa Maria sopra Minerva; Deposition in the sacristy of Santa Prassede, decoration of a chapel in San Pietro in Montorio, etc. The mosaics for the tribune of St Peter's basilica with St John and St Luke are based on his cartoons.