DANDINI, Italian family of painters

They made a significant contribution to the Florentine Baroque. The polished and elegant style of Cesare Dandini was continued by his younger brother Vincenzo Dandini. Their nephew Pietro Dandini, was Vincenzo's pupil, and Pietro's two sons, Ottaviano (1681–1740) and Vincenzo (1686–1734), a Jesuit, worked as painters in Florence and are mentioned by Baldinucci as 'good professors of painting'. A number of paintings have been attributed to Ottaviano (Cantelli) but, as yet, none to Vincenzo. There are a large number of drawings from the Dandini studio, identified by initials and often bearing biblical inscriptions in English.

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