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Italian Rococo painter Corrado Giaquinto was born in Molfetta in 1702. He was apprenticed to the modest local painter Saverio Porta. He was then sent to Turin where he studied with Francesco Solimena and Nicola Maria Rossi. In 1723, he settled in Rome and became a pupil of Sebastiano Conca, one of the leading practitioners of the local Rococo.

He left his home town of Molfetta, Puglia, for Naples in 1722. There, he met Nicola Maria Rossi, a student of Francesco Solimena, and received his first art lessons. However, after several years, Giaquinto left Solimena's studio. Only one of his works from Naples remains. This work is a major landmark in Italian art history.

After 20 years, Giaquinto became the most important decorative painter in Rome. His works decorated private palaces and churches. His frescoes were as beautiful and refined as anything produced in Settecento Rome. He traveled to Turin to work on the sacristy of the royal monastery of San Luigi in Palazzo. His final years were spent in Naples, where he worked on a painting for the museum of the Archbishop of Naples.

Giaquinto also painted frescos of the Virgin and Child at the San Nicola dei Lorenesi Church. The artist used a warm light in his unfinished studies. The angel's face is surrounded by a soft, dark cloud. His paintings have an air of innocence, despite the lack of drama. They show Christ's piousness and devotion.

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