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Giovanni Battista del Sole

1615/25 Milan ? – traceable 1644-1673

Adam von Bartsch begins his biography of the artist with the sentence "L'histoire de l'art passe sous silence Jean Baptiste del Sole" (Art history passes over Giovanni Battista del Sole in silence). The artist's place and year of birth are not absolutely established. Del Sole is said to have had a successful career as a painter in Milan and in the Lombard cities of Varese and Pavia, as contemporary sources point out. He also worked as an etcher. While Adam von Bartsch knew of only two sheets, the artist's printed work has since been expanded to twenty-six etchings, most of which are rare.