FRACANZANO, Italian family of painters

Italian family of painters. Alessandro Fracanzano (b Verona, 1567) was a late Mannerist painter who worked in Apulia in the early 17th century; his works include the Assumption of the Virgin (1607; Monopoli Cathedral) and the SS Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia (1621; Ruvo di Puglia, San Vito). His old-fashioned style was of little importance to his sons, Cesare Fracanzano and Francesco Fracanzano. Francesco, a more powerful artist than the more academic Cesare, made a major contribution to Neapolitan naturalism in the 1630s. Michelangelo Fracanzano (dates unknown), the son of Francesco, was also a painter, but no examples of his work have been identified.

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