Passionist Church of the Presentation

This painting of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple, by the eighteenth-century Neapolitan painter Sebastiano Conca, was commissioned by the Grazi family for Saint Paul of the Cross’s new Church of the Presentation on Monte Argentario. (Thanks to Fr. PF @ Laus Crucis)

Sebastiano Conca (b Gaeta, 8 Jan 1680; d Naples, 1 Sept 1764). Italian painter and draughtsman. He was one of the most successful painters working in Rome in the first half of the 18th century and was celebrated throughout Europe. He painted altarpieces and frescoes, creating an accomplished style that mediates between the grandeur of the late Baroque and the academic manner of Carlo Maratti. His smaller easel paintings were eagerly sought after by collectors throughout Europe. Conca was also an able draughtsman, working in a free and fluent style.

Read more about Sebastiano Conca  here

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