Artists of Baroque Rome, in the eye of Ottavio Leoni

Here is a gallery of artist portraits by an artist: Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630), Rome-born Baroque painter and engraver, protégé of the Venetian cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte, who was a great antiques collector and held one of the most important intellectual salons of 17th-century Rome, in Palazzo Madama.

In a number of paintings and etchings, Ottavio Leoni has left us a rich collection of faces that represents the cultural vitality of Rome in those years, when it was home to so many prestigious personalities (Leoni’s pencil sketched everyone from poet Giambattista Marino to scientist Galileo Galilei, who did not always willingly go to the capital…).

Our interesting selection also includes a portrait of Caravaggio – the most accurate ever painted, with the exception of Caravaggio’s self-portraits.

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Tommaso Salini (Rome, ca. 1575 – Rome, 1625)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Federico Barocci or Baroccio - known as the Fiori - (Urbino, ca. 1535 – Urbino, 30 September 1612)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Guido Reni (Bologna, 4 November 1575 – Bologna, 18 August 1642)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Annibale Carracci (Bologna, 3 November 1560 – Rome, 15 July 1609)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Giovan Lorenzo Bernini (Naples, 7 December 1598 – Rome, 28 November 1680)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino (Cento, 2 February 1591 – Bologna, 22 December 1666)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Giuseppe Cesari, known as Cavalier d'Arpino (Arpino, 1568 – Rome, 3 July 1640)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Giovanni Baglione (Rome, ca. 1573 – Rome, 30 December 1643)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Lodovico Leoni (Padua, 1531– Rome, 1606)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Cristoforo Roncalli known as Pomarancio (Pomarance, ca. 1553 – Rome, 1626)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Marcello Provenzale (or Provenzali), (Cento 1577 - Rome 1639)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Antonio Tempesta, known as Tempestino (Florence, 1555 – Rome, 5 August 1630)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Simon Vouet (Paris, 9 January 1590 – Paris, 30 June 1649)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Herman van Swanevelt, known as Herman d'Italie (Woerden, 1603 – Paris, 1655)

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Ottavio Leoni (Rome, 1578 – Rome, 4 September 1630), self-portrait

Ottavio Leoni, ritratti di artisti - artist portraits

Ottavio Leoni (Rome, 1578 – Rome, 4 September 1630), self-portrait

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