Cesare Gennari

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Cesare Gennari
Cesare Gennari Orfeo.jpg
Cesare Gennari, Orpheus, private collection.
Cesare Gennari

(1637-12-12)12 December 1637
Died11 February 1688(1688-02-11) (aged 50)
Known forPainting

Cesare Gennari (12 December 1637 – 11 February 1688[1]) was an Italian painter of the Baroque period. His Saint Mary Magdalene is in the Pinacoteca Civica di Cento. His Apparition of the Virgin to Saint Nicholas of Bari is at the Pinacoteca di Bologna.[2]

In his later work Cesare "shed all traces of Guercinesque idiom, adopting instead the courtly accents of St James's and Saint-Germain".[3]


Son of Ercole Gennari and born at Cento, he was trained in the studio of his maternal uncle, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri called "Guercino",[4] in Bologna. Cesare's uncle, Benedetto Gennari, and his brother, Benedetto II Gennari (1633–1715), were also painters in the circle of Guercino. Cesare and the younger Benedetto were heirs of Guercino's studio, papers and effects, preserved for some time at Casa Gennari, Bologna.[5]

He married Francesca Ripa, and had two sons, Gianfrancesco and Filippo.[6] Among his pupils was Ercole Gaetano Bertuzzi.


  • Hobbes, James R. (1849). Picture collector's manual adapted to the professional man, and the amateur. T&W Boone, 29 Bond Street; Digitized by Googlebooks. p. 110.
  • "Gennari, Cesare (Italian painter, 1637-1688)". Union List of Artist Names. 500002017. Retrieved 2011-09-04.


  1. ^ Dates in A. Rusconi, La municipale Pinacoteca di Cento 1861:12 : "VIII Gennari Cesare Centese"
  2. ^ Brevi indicazioni della Galleria de' quadri..., 1867: no. 287.
  3. ^ C.T. van Serooskerken, reviewing the Guercino exhibition "Guercino. Bologna, Cento and Frankfurt",The Burlington Magazine, 1991:865.
  4. ^ Guercino's sister, Lucia Barbieri, married Ercole Gennari in 1628.
  5. ^ E. Negro, M. Pirondini and N. Roio, La scuola del Guercino, 2004.
  6. ^ Rusconi 1861.

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