Baptism of Constatine

Giovanni Antonio Galli known as "lo Spadarino"First half of XVIth century

Fondazione Musei Senesi

Fondazione Musei Senesi
Siena, Italy

The work, in its monumental size, is an extraordinary Baptism of Constantine from the altar devoted to San Silvestro in the Cathedral of Colle di Val d'Elsa, by the late-caravaggio-esque painter Giovanni Antonio Galli known as "lo Spadarino". Here the artist brought Merisi's realistic style into the new monumentality Baroque classicism.


  • Title: Baptism of Constatine
  • Creator Lifespan: 1595 - 1652
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: male
  • Creator Death Place: Rome
  • Creator Birth Place: Rome
  • Date Created: First half of XVIth century
  • painter: Giovanni Antonio Galli known as "lo Spadarino"
  • collocation: Colle di Val d'Elsa, Civic and Diocesan Sacred Art Museum, Province of Siena
  • Place Part Of: Province of Siena
  • Physical Dimensions: w200.5 x h303 cm
  • Artist Biography: The style of this painter, in the context of Caravaggio, is a refined naturalism mediated by the works of Orazio Gentileschi, Gerard van Honthorst and Carlo Saraceni. Galli - who took the nickname from his father, a manufacturer of swords - was active in the Quirinal and in Palazzo Madama, and received important commissions for San Pietro - The Martyrdom of St. Valeria and Martial has long been the only certain work around which the scholar Roberto Longhi has rebuilt his career.
  • Type: oil on canvas
  • Rights: Comune di Colle di Val d'Elsa; Curia Arcivescovile di Siena, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Montalcino; Fondazione Musei Senesi, Fondazione Musei Senesi
  • External Link: Fondazione Musei Senesi

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