Ricci, Antonio

Ricci, Antonio, called Barbelunga, a painter of the Neapolitan school, was born at Messina in 1600. He went to Rome and studied under Domenichino; in that city he left several fine paintings. On his return to his native country he executed numerous works which now decorate its churches. Among them we mention, the Conversion of St. Paul: — an Ascension: — St. Charles Borromeo: — and a very beautiful picture of St. Cecilia in a church in Palermo. See Domenici, Vite de' Pittori Napolitani; Lanzi, Storia Pittorica; Ticozzi, Dizionario; Guida di Messina; Mortillaro, Guida di Palermo.

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