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Cesare Rossetti

1565–1644, Rome

The Roman painter, Cesare Rossetti, was an intimate associate of Giuseppe Cesari, known as Cavalier d’Arpino, and one of his close collaborators. His relationship with the latter may well have contributed to Giovanni Baglione’s inclusion of the artist’s biography in his Vite, published in 1642. Rossetti assisted Cavalier d’Arpino on several prestigious commissions, including the fresco cycles for S. Prassede, S. Giovanni in Laterano and the Conservatorial Palace. From 1593 the artist belonged to the Accademia di San Luca, and in 1606 he was appointed a member of the Congregazione Virtuosi al Pantheon.