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Odoardo Fialetti

1573 Bologna – 1636/37 Venice

Born in Bologna, Odoardo Fialetti was apprenticed briefly to the painter, Giovanni Battista Cremonini, before moving early on in his life to Venice, which was to become his permanent home. He enrolled as a pupil in the studio of Jacopo Tintoretto who, though already advanced in years, was to exert a decisive influence on his artistic development. Fialetti produced his first dated etching in 1604, the year in which his name was entered as a member of the Fraglia dei Pittori in Venice. Nowadays Fialetti is known first and foremost as a painter of predominantly religious subjects and the author of something over four hundred etchings.