Giovanni Carlone (painter, 1636)

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Ceiling fresco Saint Ambrosius as a church father in the parish church in Pfarrkirchen im Mühlkreis

Giovanni Carlone (also Johann Carlone , Joannes Carlonus ; * 1636 in Rovio ; † March 27, 1713 ibid) was an Italian fresco painter from the Carlone family of artists . He should not be confused with the painter of the same name from Genoa.


Only a few documents are available about Giovanni Carlone. He is assigned to the artist family Carlone from Rovio, the name of his father is adopted with Tommaso († April 1667), the mother was Maddalena Mazzetti, his brothers are said to be the sculptors Giuseppe Maria and Giovanni Domenico . He later married Maria Maddalena Polata from Melano .

His painting style suggests an education with the Genoese painter Giovanni Battista Carlone , the brother of his namesake . In Turin he created chimney friezes in the Palazzo Reale in 1660 and various paintings in 1663. After the death of his father, he and his brothers were commissioned to complete his unfinished works. From 1648 the church Chiesa della Madonna was built in Rovio . In 1676 the mother commissioned the brothers in her will to design the choir vault of this church; the mariological paintings were completed in 1699. In 1682 and 1685 Giovanni Carlone created frescoes in Ticino in Gandria and Morcote , where he signed with Joannes Carlonus .

Presumably through the mediation of members of the Scaria family , his sphere of activity shifted to Upper Austria and eastern Bavaria . One of his first and most important works there can be found in Schlierbach Abbey . The church was built under the direction of Pietro Francesco Carlone and after his death in 1680 his son Carlo Antonio continued the work, the stucco work was carried out by his brother Giovanni Battista . From 1685 Giovanni Carlone designed the main altar and 75 precisely commissioned frescoes on scenes from the life of Mary . Frescoes in the library of the living area and in the Bernardisaal could also be safely assigned to him.

His frescoes, created in 1687 in the Leopold Church in Vienna, were destroyed in 1945. In 1693 he and Jacopo Antonio Mazza were commissioned to create the ceiling fresco Glorification of the Virgin in the pilgrimage church in Vilshofen in Lower Bavaria. His frescos of allegorical scenes , painted in 1694 on the walls and the ceiling of the library of the Old Residence in Passau , were uncovered in 1983. He then created further frescoes in Hacklberg near Passau in the main hall of the summer residence of Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp von Lamberg . Further works were created at the family headquarters in his home town of Rovio and in Lugano . From November 24, 1695, he began to paint the parish church Mariae Himmelfahrt in Pfarrkirchen im Mühlkreis in Upper Austria, for which he received the final payment in November 1697. The dome frescoes in Regensburg Cathedral , which have since been destroyed, were also created in 1697 . Then he returned to Rovio. For the property in the district of San Pietro near Stabio acquired by Luca Antonio Colomba in February 1698, it can still be found in 1710

Works (selection)

Web links

Commons : Johann Carlone  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Carlone, Giovanni . In: Ulrich Thieme (Hrsg.): General Lexicon of Fine Artists from Antiquity to the Present . Founded by Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker . tape 6 : Carlini-Cioci . EA Seemann, Leipzig 1912, p. 7 ( Textarchiv - Internet Archive ).