Fetti Domenico - Saint Mary Magdalene Penitent

Life and Paintings Domenico Fetti (1589 – 1623)

Domenico Fetti (also spelled Feti) (c. 1589 – 1623) was an Italian Baroque painter active mainly in Rome, Mantua and Venice.

Born in Rome to a little-known painter, Pietro Fetti, Domenico is said to have apprenticed initially under Ludovico Cigoli, or his pupil Andrea Commodi in Rome from circa 1604–1613. He then worked in Mantua from 1613 to 1622, patronized by the Cardinal, later Duke Ferdinando I Gonzaga. In the Ducal Palace, he painted the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. The series of representations of New Testament parables he carried out for his patron’s studiolo gave rise to a popular specialty, and he and his studio often repeated his compositions.

Life and Paintings Domenico Fetti (1589   1623)   FETI Domenico Saint Mary Magdalene Penitent

Fetti Domenico – Saint Mary Magdalene Penitent

In August or September 1622, his feuds with some prominent Mantuans led him to move to Venice, which for the first few decades of the seventeenth century had persisted in sponsoring Mannerist styles (epitomized by Palma the Younger and the successors of Tintoretto and Veronese). Into this mix, in the 1620s–30s, three “foreigners”—Fetti and his younger contemporaries Bernardo Strozzi and Jan Lys—breathed the first influences of Roman Baroque style. They adapted some of the rich coloration of Venice but adapted it to Caravaggio -influenced realism and monumentality.

In Venice where he remained despite pleas from the Duke to return to Mantua, Fetti changed his style: his formalised painting style became more painterly and colourful. In addition, he devoted attention to smaller cabinet pieces that adapt genre imaging to religious stories. His group of paintings entitled Parables, which represent New Testament scenes, are at the Dresden Gemäldegalerie. He influenced Leonaert Bramer.

His style appears to be influenced by Rubens. He would likely have continued to find excellent patronage in Venice had he not died there in 1623 or 1624. Jan Lys, eight years younger, but who had arrived in Venice nearly contemporaneously, died during the plague of 1629–30. Subsequently, Fetti’s style would influence the Venetians Pietro della Vecchia and Sebastiano Mazzone.

Famous Paintings of Domenico Fetti

Life and Paintings Domenico Fetti (1589   1623)   FETI Domenico Flight To Egypt

Fetti Domenico – Flight To Egypt

 

Life and Paintings Domenico Fetti (1589   1623)   FETI Domenico Ecce Homo

Fetti Domenico – Ecce Homo

 

Life and Paintings Domenico Fetti (1589   1623)   FETI Domenico David With The Head Of Goliath

Fetti Domenico – David With The Head Of Goliath

 

Life and Paintings Domenico Fetti (1589   1623)   FETI Domenico Tobias Healing His Father

Fetti Domenico – Tobias Healing His Father

 

Life and Paintings Domenico Fetti (1589   1623)   FETI Domenico The Repentant St Mary Magdalene

Fetti Domenico – The Repentant St. Mary Magdalene

 

Life and Paintings Domenico Fetti (1589   1623)   FETI Domenico Portrait Of A Scholar

Fetti Domenico – Portrait Of a Scholar

 

Life and Paintings Domenico Fetti (1589   1623)   FETI Domenico Moses Before The Burning Bush

Fetti Domenico – Moses Before The Burning Bush

 

Life and Paintings Domenico Fetti (1589   1623)   FETI Domenico Melancholy 1622

Fetti Domenico – Melancholy (1622)

 

Life and Paintings Domenico Fetti (1589   1623)   FETI Domenico Hero And Leander

Fetti Domenico – Hero And Leander

 

 

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