(1578 – 1649)
Alessandro Turchi was an Italian painter of the early Baroque.
He was born and active mainly in Verona, and moving late in life to Rome.
He also went by the name Alessandro Veronese or the nickname L’Orbetto.
Turchi initially trained with Felice Riccio (il Brusasorci), in Verona.
By 1603, he is already working as independent painter, and in 1606-1609, Turchi paints the organ shutters for the Filarmonica Academy of Verona.
After the death of Brusasorci, in 1605, Turchi and Pasquale Ottino complete a series of their deceased master’s canvases. In 1610, he completes an Assumption altarpiece for the church of San Luca of Verona. In 1612, the Veronese Guild of the Goldsmiths commissions from Turchi an altarpiece, today lost, of the Madonna and Saints. On leaving the school of Riccio, he went to Venice, where he worked for a time under Carlo Cagliari.
Turchi participated also in the fresco decoration (Gathering of Manna) of the Sala Reggia of the Quirinal Palace, and painted for cardinal Scipione Borghese – a Christ, Magdalen, and Angels.
He painted also some pictures in the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini.
He also painted a Flight into Egypt for the church of San Romualdo; a Holy Family for S. Lorenzo in Lucina; and a S. Carlo Borromeo in S. Salvatore in Lauro. He was much employed on cabinet pictures, representing historical subjects, which he frequently painted on black marble.
Alessandro Turchi – Gallery
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