Gregorio DE FERRARI - 1647 - 1726
Study for a Ceiling Fresco
Genoese School

Pen and brown ink, grey wash

26.3 X 20.7 cm

Euro : 2500,-

Gregorio de Ferrari, born in Portomaurizio in 1647, came to Genoa to study law but devoted his time and energy to painting. He was initially a pupil of Domenico Fiasella in 1664, and on the death of his teacher in 1669 Gregorio de Ferrari went to Parma in 1668 where he studied the works of Correggio. He has a graceful, lyrical Correggioesque style, and his fancy frescoes tended to influence and improve the bravura of Piola’s work. In the 1670’s and 1680’s the two friends and artists were responsible for the decorations of some of the largest and most prestigious Seicento ceilings in Genoa. Gregorio de Ferrari also worked briefly in Marseilles and on the Riviera in 1684 and was also active in Turin in 1690. He died in Genoa in 1726. (Mary Newcome, “Genoese Baroque Drawings”. 1972, p.35).

These type of ceiling studies are typical of the graphic oeuvre of Gregorio de Ferrari and can be compared to the “Ceiling Sketch for the Palazzo Balbi-Senarega” in the Nando Peretti collection in Rome, the “Female Figures with Putti in the Clouds” in the Art Institute of Chicago (, and “Heraclius carrying the Cross to Jerusalem” in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ( These drawings dated to the later part of the activity of Gregorio de Ferrari, after 1700, which is a dating that can also be assigned to the present drawing.


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