- Also known as
primary name: Sacchi, Andrea
- individual; painter/draughtsman; Roman; Italian; Male
- Life dates
- Baroque painter b. and died Rome
Sacchi was a leading exponent of the classical tendency in Roman Baroque painting, his work continuing the style established in the city at the beginning of the century by Annibale Carracci (1560-1609). He was taught by the Cavaliere d'Arpino (1568-1640) and Francesco Albani (1578-1660), and was adopted as a youth by the influential patron and collector Cardinal del Monte (see under 1963,1109.26), to whom he owed his first major public commission, the altarpiece of 'St Gregory and the Miracle of the Corporal', painted in 1625-6 for St Peter's, Rome (now in the chapter house of the basilica). Pope Urban VIII commissioned him to paint the ceiling fresco of the 'Allegory of Divine Wisdom' (1629-31) in the Palazzo Barberini, Rome, a fresco restrained in composition, which is often contrasted with Pietro da Cortona's slightly later, more colourful and energetic 'Divine Providence' in the gran salone of the same palace (see T,12.23). Other important paintings from Sacchi's mature period are the 'Vision of St Romuald' of 1631 (Rome, Pinacoteca Vaticana), and 'St Anthony of Padua Raising a Man from the Dead' of 1632-3 (Rome, S.Maria della Concezione) (see SL,5212.22 and 1963,1109.25). In 1639 he was commissioned to decorate the walls of S. Giovanni in Fonte (the baptistery of S. Giovanni in Laterano) with frescoes of the 'Story of Constantine', painting for the lantern above eight canvases depicting the 'Life of the Baptist', now replaced with copies (the originals are housed in the Lateran Palace). The altarpiece of the 'Death of St Anne' of 1648-9 in S.Carlo ai Catinari, Rome, is his most important late work (see 1946,0713.1421).
- A.Sutherland Harris, 'AS, complete edition of the paintings', Oxford 1977
Turner BM Roman Baroque Drawings 1999 (whence biography)