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Luca Cambiaso

1527 Moneglia – 1585 Madrid

Luca Cambiaso ranks among the most unconventional, influential and prolific artistic personalities of the Italian Cinquecento and is considered beyond all doubt to be the outstanding master of the Genoese school in that century. The artist and his workshop executed an apparently inexhaustible number of drawings and preliminary studies for other artists. In his Vite de’ Pittori, Scoltori ed Architetti Genovesi ... (1674) Soprani commends the artist’s astounding drawing skills as well as his incredible workload. While Cambiaso’s paintings and drawings have been researched in depth thanks to the work of Wilhelm Suida, virtually nothing is known about the artist’s extremely rare prints.