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 and his father was Ercole Gennari and mother Lucia Barbieri. He trained at the workshop of the master, Guercino. Upon Guercinos death, Gennari inherited his studio which he ran with his brother Cesare, 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 arms, and the multitude of commissions encouraged him to prolong his stay. In September 1674, he moved to London where he became painter to King Charles II of England. He painted allegorical and mythological scenes, and 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 when King James was dethroned, he followed Jamess court to Saint-Germain-en-Laye in 1689, by 1692, he was back in Bologna.
Gennari was an outstanding portraitist who eventually 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 members of the Accademia Clementina. The Concise Grove Dictionary of Art, the Picture Collectors Manual, Dictionary of names
Death of Cleopatra
The Death of Cleopatra, known simply as Cleopatra, is an 1881 painting made by the Filipino painter Juan Luna. The famous painting was a silver medalist or second prize winner during the 1881 National Exposition of Fine Arts in Madrid, the 1881 Madrid painting contest was Lunas first art exposition. Because of the exposure, Luna received a scholarship at the Ayuntamiento de Manila. After the painting competition, Luna sold it for 5,000 Spanish pesetas, as Lunas graduation work, The Death of Cleopatra was acquired by the Spanish government for one thousand duros