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Albani Francesco (1578-1660)
Francesco Albani or Albano was an Italian Baroque painter. He was born in Bologna. His father was a silk merchant who intended to instruct his son in the same trade; but by age twelve, Albani became an apprentice under the competent mannerist painter Denis Calvaert, before joining the so-called "Carracci Academy". This studio fostered the careers of many painters of the Bolognese school, including Domenichino, Massari, Viola, Lanfranco, Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi, Pietro Faccini, Remigio Cantagallina, and Reni. He was an enthusiastic pupil there. 

Like so many other artists from Bologna, in the year 1600 he moved to Rome to study classical art which he then applied with zeal to his own work. During Carracci's predominance of Roman fresco painting Albani became one of most prominent apprentices. 

Albani's classicism can be seen in the altarpieces he painted after returning to Bologna. Among works with sacred subjects is The Baptism of Christ now in the Bologna, Pinacoteca Nazionale, then St Sebastian and an Assumption of the Virgin, both in the church of San Sebastiano fuori le Mura in Rome. 

His love of classical antiquity is still more evident in the cycles he painted on mythological subjects, a genre of painting he practically established. He used mythology or the allegorical elements as the pretext to paint smiling idylls. He was adding nymphs, goddesses, little putties set against luminous landscapes. In this way he created an appetite for light-hearted, pleasant works which lasted throughout the seventeenth century. It did, however, tend at times to decline into insipidity. His favorite format for this type of composition was the rondo or oval. 

Albani is derided often for his lyric, cherubim-filled sweetness, which often has not yet shaken the mannerist elegance. His style sometimes appears to befit the decorative Rococo more than of his time. Among the pupils of Albani were his brother Giovanni Battista Albani, and others including Giacinto Bellini, Girolamo Bonini, Giacinto Campagna, Antonio Catalani, Carlo Cignani, Giovanni Maria Galli, Filippo Menzani, Andrea Sacchi, Andrea Sghizzi, Giovanni Battista Speranza, Antonio Maria del Sole, Emilio Taruffi, and Francesco Vaccaro. 
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Drawing; Drawings Sale
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Miracle of the Roses Sale
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Healing the Man Born Blind Sale
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Pinacoteca di Bologna, 1640 Francesco Albani Sale
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Cristo risorto appare alla Vergine Sale
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Baptism of Christ Sale
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Vedi titolo Sale
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El juicio de Paris. Minerva, Venus y Juno, muestran sus bellezas ante Paris, el príncipe pastor. Sale
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Draft for the painting at the Louvre Sale
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Apollo Daphne Albani Louvre INV18 Sale
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Hermaphroditus Salmacis Albani Louvre INV19 Sale
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Christus als Knabe mit Maria und Joseph - 6374 - Bavarian State Painting Collections Sale
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Albani Sleeping Cupid Sale
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Virgin and Child Adored by Saint Francis - 1962.823 - Art Institute of Chicago Sale
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Venus und Adonis - 458 - Bavarian State Painting Collections Sale
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The Rest on the Flight into Egypt Sale
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The Baptism of Christ (Albani) Sale
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Summer (Venus in Vulcan's Forge) Sale
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Jupiter in the shape of a bull carrying off Europa by Francesco Albani Sale
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Venus Attended by Nymphs and Cupids Sale
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Nymphe und Satyr - 5783 - Bavarian State Painting Collections Sale
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Winter (The Triumph of Diana) Sale
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Francesco Albani La Vierge les mains croisées sur la poitrine Sale
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Êxtase de Santa Maria Madalena Sale
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Autumn (Venus and Adonis) Sale
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Madonna with the Child and angels Sale
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Jésus-Christ servi par les anges de Francesco Albani, 17e siècle Sale
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Landscape with Venus and Cupids (Francesco Albani) Sale
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La Sainte Famille dans un paysage de Francesco Albani, 17e siècle Sale
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Madonna with the Child Sale
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Madonna with the Child Sale
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an allegory on the life of the gods Sale
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Penitent Magdalene Sale
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Venus is at her toilet on the shores of a lake in front of a marvelous palace to seduce Adonis. Some cherubs are prepairing her chariot and feeding th Sale
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Odpocinek na uteku do Egypta Sale
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Actéon métamorphosé en cerf by Francesco Albani Sale
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Hl. Ursula - 119 - Bavarian State Painting Collections Sale
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The Holy Family N08282-42-lr-1 Sale
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