Andrea Sacchi

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Andrea Sacchi - portrayed by Carlo Maratta
Andrea Sacchi: De tre Magdalenorna (1634). Palazzo Barberini , Rome

Andrea Sacchi (born November 30, 1599 in Nettuno , † June 21, 1661 in Rome ), also known as Andrea Ouche, Andrea Sacci, Andrea Sacco, Andres Saco, Andrea Sauhi , was an Italian painter of baroque classicism .


Sacchi was the son and student of Benedetto Sacchi and then learned from Francesco Albani in Bologna. In 1621 he returned to Rome, where he lived until his death. He studied Raphael , Polidoro da Caravaggio , Alessandro Algardi , François Duquesnoy and the ancient painters, from whom his further work was significantly influenced.

He lived around the same time as Pietro da Cortona and Gian Lorenzo Bernini , whose school he was not very fond of. Rather, he was of the opinion that historical painting had to have few figures in order to be able to preserve the simplicity and clarity of classical art. Cortona's school, on the other hand, consists of "merely fast decorative painting," as Jacob Burckhardt wrote in his Cicerone in 1855 .

Cortona contradicted this accusation in the Accademia di San Luca , the Roman academy of painters, sculptors and architects, which he founded, and underlined his conviction that paintings of high complexity and a multitude of details are superior. Sacchi's friends, the sculptor Alessandro Algardi and the painter Nicolas Poussin , however, supported his thesis. Sacchi's so-called academic style also took the leading position in the art world towards the end of the 17th century - largely supported by Sacchi's student Carlo Maratti .

Sacchi worked from 1636 to 1649 for Cardinal Angelo Giori, for whom he created the Anabaptist cycle - eight paintings with scenes from the life of John the Baptist for the baptistery of San Giovanni in Fonte . He also worked for Cardinal Barberini on altarpieces for the Capuchin Church of S. Maria della Concezione in Rome. Sacchi was also active as an architect, for example designed the chapel of St. Catherine in Siena and the large sacristy in the basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva from 1637 to 1639 ; He also had extensive knowledge as a draftsman and designer.


  • Antonio d'Avossa: Antonio Sacchi . Edizione Kappa, Rome 1985
  • Jacob Burckhardt: The Cicerone. A guide to enjoying the works of art in Italy . Kröner, Stuttgart 1986, ISBN 3-520-13404-7
  • Ann S. Harris: Andrea Sacchi. Complete edition of the paintings with a critical catalog . Phaidon Press, Oxford 1978, ISBN 0-7148-1527-6
  • Hans Posse: The Roman painter Andrea Sacchi. A contribution to the history of the classicist movement in the baroque era . Seemann, Leipzig 1925
  • Roberta Rinaldi (Ed.): Antonio Sacchi (1599–1661) . De Luca, Rome 1999, ISBN 88-8016-329-9

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