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

Biography

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 Gesů, 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.