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Penni, Gianfrancesco

PENNI, GIANFRANCESCO (1488-1528), Italian painter, surnamed " II Fattore". Was bom at Florence, in 1488, and received the name of 11 Fattore, or the Steward, from his having been entrusted with the management of the domestic affairs of Raphael. He however soon became one of his principal assistants. Dr. Waagen is of opinion that Penni executed many parts of the cartoons at Hampton Court, especially those of the Death of Ananias, St. Paul and Barnabas at Lystra, and St. Paul preaching at Athens. Of Penni's own works, Do frescoes and very few oil paintings remain. His cbaractens tics are said to have been facility of invention, graceful execution, and singular felicity in landscape. Alter the death of Raphael, Penni went to Naples, where his works would doubiless have contributed to improve the prevailing Style, had he not been cut off in 1528, at the age of 40.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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