Lauretti (or Laureti), Tommaso

Lauretti (or Laureti), Tommaso (called il Siciliano), an eminent-Sicilian painter, was born at Palermo about 1530, studied under Sebastiano del Piombo, and settled early in life at Bolomgna. He subsequently visited Rome, at the invitation of Gregory XIII, to finish the ceiling of the Sala de Constantino. He was honored with the appointment of president of the Academy of St. Luke. He died about 1610. Among his principal works at Rome are the fresco paintings of the History of Brutus; at Bologna are the Crowning of the Virgin, in Santa Mattia; the Resurrection, in San Giacomo Maggiore. He died about 1592. See Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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