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One of the most important exponents of Neoclassical art in Italy, the famous painter of historical, mythological and religious scenes was also Director of Fine Arts in Florence. He did a great painting in the Chapel of the ‘Madonna del Conforto’ in Arezzo Cathedral(1804), depicting Judith, who is showing the head of Holofernes to the people. It is considered to be a real masterpiece and his great friend, the famous sculptor, Antonio Canova (1757-1822), came to Arezzo especially to admire it. Among his best known and most beautiful frescoes are the ones in Florence, in the room of Hercules in ‘Palazzo Pitti’ and inside the dome of the ‘Cappella dei Principi’.


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