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Angelo Nardi


A painter, he lived with his uncle Francesco in Venice and studied painting there, particularly the works of Veronese. Between 1607 to 1615, he moved to Spain where a number of artists had achieved considerable success under the Habsburgs. He soon became a prolific painter, mainly of religious works in Madrid and Castilla-La-Mancha. His first important commission was in 1619 when he was contracted to complete thirty-three paintings for the church of the monastery of the Bernardines in Alcala de Henares. In 1620, he assumed responsibility of  the workshop of the deceased painter Marcos de Aguilera, and to ensure its survival, his widow convinced Nardi to marry her daughter Ana. Her son Lorenzo also became Nardi's apprentice at the workshop. This arrangement soon failed and Nardi began a number of lawsuits against the family and a request for an annulment which was eventually granted in 1625. In that year, he was commissioned to complete paintings for the altar of the church of San Pedro di Vallecas. He completed a number of works for other churches and convents including the church of San Hermenegildo of the Discalced Carmelites, the convent of San Francisco, and the church of the Virgin of Atocha. In 1625, he had been appointed painter to the king for Felipe IV, and was chosen as a court-painter in 1627, but was never appointed due to budget restrictions that were imposed by the Real Hacienda. By 1631, however, he was paid the equivalent of a court-painter for commissions he had carried out for the king. He named María de Ocines as his sole heir. Nardi helped raise her son, Diego José Moratón, during the absence of his father. He continued in his post at the court until his death.[2]

Place of birth: Razzo di Vaglia del Mugello[2]
Place of death: Madrid[2]
Place of burial: Church of Santa María del Carmen y San Luís, Madrid[2]



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