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Giovanni Battista Vanni

1599 Florence – 1660 Pistoia

The painter and etcher, Giovanni Battista Vanni, studied under Aurelio Lomi and subsequently worked in the studio run by Jacopo da Empoli. He was made a member of the Accademia delle Arti e del Disegno in Florence in 1618, by which time he was probably already collaborating with Cristofano Allori. Although Florence remained the focal point of his life, as is documented by the many commissions he carried out for local churches, he also spent time in Rome, Parma, Venice, Ferrara and Ravenna. In 1660, Vanni was active in Pistoia, where he executed frescoes in the monastery of Monte Oliveto. It was while he was working on this cycle that he died on 27 July of the same year.