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Luca Cambiaso was an Italian painter and draughtsman who was one of the leading artists of Genoa in the 16th century. He is considered the founder of the Genoese school of fresco painting and established a local tradition of historical fresco painting. His works have been used to decorate palaces and churches in Genoa. These paintings are considered some of the most beautiful in the world.

During the 1540s, Luca Cambiaso began painting with his father Giovanni (1495-1579). He worked on decorations at the Palazzo Doria with his father, and in 1555, he assisted Il Bergamasco with the decoration of the church of San Matteo. In the following decade, he collaborated with Giovanni Battista Castello on the Nativity and Madonna of the Candle.

Luca Cambiaso's works are a mixture of religious and secular themes. His later religious works are more stark, with night scenes dominating. His influence is particularly strong in Spain, where Philip II commissioned him to paint the monastery of San Lorenzo at El Escorial. His oeuvre is rich in evocative images, and he is well-known for his work on the history of art.

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