Peranda, Santo

Peranda, Santo an Italian painter, was born at Venice in 1566. According to Ridolfi, he first studied under the younger Palma, and afterwards with Leonardo Corona, of Murano. In his first performance he followed the prompt and hasty manner of Palma; but he afterwards went to Rome, where, by diligently studying the antique and the works of the great masters, he formed a style of his own, more finished and correct. On his return to Venice he improved his coloring by contemplating the works of Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese, so that he became as accomplished in coloring as he was before in design. He executed many works for the churches and public edifices, and was employed in decorating the ducal palaces at Venice, Mirandola, and Modena with various subjects from history. "His usual manner," says Lanzi, "very much resembles Palma, while in the large histories which he produced at Venice and Mirandola he appears in a more practical character of his own. Yet he was of a more slow and reflective turn, and more studious of art — qualities which, in the decline of age, led him to adopt a very delicate and labored manner. He was not ambitious of equalling his contemporaries in the number of his works, but his aim was to surpass them in correctness; nor did he anywhere succeed better in his object than in his Christ taken down from the Cross, in the church of San Procolo at Venice." He had several disciples, among whom was Matteo Ponzone. He died at Venice in 1638.

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