1579 in art
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The year 1579 in art involved some significant events and new works.
- The painter Giovanni Battista Paggi is said to have mortally wounded a patron, and is forced to flee his home city of Genoa.
- The Da Zhao Temple is built in inner Mongolia. Its art treasures include a 10 ft silver Sakyamuni buddha statue.
- Federico Barocci paints the Madonna del Popolo (Uffizi).
- El Greco completes The Disrobing of Christ.
- Giambologna begins the Rape of the Sabine Women, a remarkable example of Mannerist sculpture.
- George Gower paints a self-portrait.
- November 7 - Juan de Peñalosa, Spanish painter of altarpieces, a priest and poet (died 1633)
- November 11 - Frans Snyders, Flemish still-life master, apprenticed in 1593 to Pieter II Brueghel (died 1657)
- date unknown
- probable - Ottavio Viviani, Italian painter of quadratura (died 1641)
- February 5 - Giovanni Battista Moroni, Italian portrait painter (born 1520/1524)
- March 28 - Juan Fernández Navarrete, Spanish Mannerist painter (born 1526)
- October 15 - Marcello Venusti, Italian Mannerist painter primarily in Rome (born 1512/1515)
- October 24 - Albert V, Duke of Bavaria, art patron and collector (born 1528)
- November 21 - Cipriano Piccolpasso, Italian painter of majolica (born 1524)
- December 21 – Juan Vicente Macip (or Vicente Joanes Masip), Spanish painter of the Renaissance period (born 1500)
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