Collection: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Artist information: Charles Mellin was a French Baroque artist who worked mainly in Rome. He moved there in 1622 and studied together with Simon Vouet and Domenichino. He gained prominence in 1630 when he won a competition with Poussin and Lanfranco. His artworks in Rome include various frescos. He was also awarded the commission to create decorations of the vault and walls in the church of Montecassino. This lost cycle of fifteen paintings is considered his most significant achievement besides his work in San Luigi dei Francesi. In 1643 Mellin went to Venice where he created a number of works, of which only two paintings survive today. Masaniello's revolt led to his precipitous departure and return to Rome. Mellin's style comes very close to that of Vouet and Lanfranco, but several of his paintings also reveal that he studied Poussin intensively. His portrait of Alessandro Borro is one of his most recognized works.
Artist Place of Death: Rome, Italy
Artist Place of Birth: Nancy,France
Artist Gender: male
Artist Dates: 1597/1649
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