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Benedetto Gennari II

Benedetto Gennari II was an Italian painter active during the Baroque period. Belonging to a dynasty of painters, Gennari was a student of Guercino, the grandson of Benedetto Gennari, older brother of Cesare Gennari, his father was mother Lucia Barbieri. He trained at the workshop of the celebrated master, hence his style was always close to that of his teacher. Upon Guercino's death, Gennari inherited his studio. With a restless spirit, Gennari traveled to Paris in March 1672 to work for the court of King Louis XIV; the French nobility received him with open arms, the multitude of commissions encouraged him to prolong his stay. In September 1674, he moved to London where he became court painter to King Charles II of England and his successor James II, he painted allegorical and mythological scenes, above all portraits. Catherine of Braganza and Mary of Modena, Catholic wives of Protestant kings, commissioned artworks for their private worship. Gennari had to leave England. By 1692, he was back in Bologna.

Gennari was an outstanding portraitist who developed a style far removed from the principles taught in the school of Guercino. In the mature phase of his style, he came to acquire characteristics of the art of northern Europe, which he learned through his travels. In 1709, he was one of the founding members of the Accademia Clementina. Portrait of Guercino Santa Clara taking habits Cleopatra Tales of Ovid's Metamorphoses Portrait of Hortense Mancini, Duchess of Mazarin Annunciation Rinaldo and Armida Catherine of Braganza Queen of King Charles II King Charles II Reigned 1660-85 Sagrada Familia Sleeping Young Shepherd surprised by two women Death of Cleopatra Portrait of James II of England Portrait of Nathaniel Cholmley Annunciation Elizabeth Panton as Santa Catalina Mary of Modena and his son James Stuart III Theseus and the daughters of Minos The Miracle of Saint Francis Xavier Art collection of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cesena "Benedetto Gennari II"; the Concise Grove Dictionary of Art.

Oxford University Press. 2002. Hobbes, James R.. The Picture Collector's Manual: Dictionary of names. T. & W. Boone. P. 168. Benedetto Gennari at Artcyclopedia

Johan Papegoja

Johan Papegoja was a Swedish nobleman and the fifth governor of the Swedish Colony of New Sweden. Johan Papegoja had been one of the early Swedish settlers on the Delaware. Papegoja is the Swedish word for parrot, he served as a Lieutenant at New Sweden under governor Johan Björnsson Printz. During 1644, Johan Papegoja was married to the daughter of Governor Printz. Johan Papegoja made several voyages between the Delaware River colony, he traveled back and forth during 1643 aboard the Fama, in 1647 on the Swan and during 1655 on board the Mercurius. Papegoja was the acting governor of New Sweden from the time of the departure of Johan Björnsson Printz during October 1653 until the arrival of Johan Classon Risingh during May 1654. Subsequently, Papegoja was assigned the duty of sailing to Sweden to transfer additional settlers to the colony; the Mercurius left Sweden during November 1655 and arrived in the Delaware River during March 1656. By the time the ship arrived, New Sweden had surrendered to the Dutch West India Company.

In short time, Johan Papegoja had a falling-out with the Dutch and departed for Sweden in 1656. Johan Papegoja is believed to have died at Ramstorp manor, Ångarp parish, now in Västra Götaland, Sweden. During 1662, Armegott Printz sold an estate which Governor Printz had owned, she received partial payment with the remainder payable later. However, subsequent payment was refused, she brought suit for the recovery of the island. Ten years in 1672, Armegott Printz recovered the estate, she returned to Sweden. She died on November 1695 at Läckö Castle. Ashmead, Henry Graham History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania Johnson, Amandus Swedish Settlements on the Delaware Munroe, John A. Colonial Delaware. Weslager, C. A. New Sweden on the Delaware: 1638-1655. Founding of New Sweden "Printz, Johan". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1900

Joe Repya

Joseph "Joe" Repya is a Minnesota Independence Party politician, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Army. Repya served as an infantry rifle platoon leader during the Vietnam War from 1970 to 1971, he served as a helicopter pilot during Operation Desert Shield/Storm from 1990 to 1991. After retiring, Repya came out of retirement and returned to active duty from 2004 to 2006, at the age of 59 he served in Baghdad, Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. Repya has been active in Minnesota politics for some time. In 2003, he distributed 30,000 Support Our Troop lawn signs and organized demonstrations in support of the U. S. military. He served as a delegate from Minnesota to the Republican National Convention in 2004 and 2008, in 2007 ran unsuccessfully for chair of the Minnesota Republican Party, he left the party in June 2009, saying the party had become "dysfunctional." He was a candidate for the Independence Party nomination for Governor of Minnesota in 2010, withdrawing before the primary.

Repya is married to Deb, an attorney, has two grown daughters and one granddaughter