Leonardo Coccorante

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Harbor with Roman Ruins by Leonardo Coccorante, c. 1740-50, Honolulu Museum of Art

Leonardo Coccorante (1680–1750) was an Italian painter known for his capricci depicting imaginary landscapes with ruins of classical architecture.


Leonardo Coccorante was born in Naples, Italy. He studied with the Flemish landscape painter Jan Frans van Bloemen (1662–1749), Angelo Maria Costa (1670–1721), and finally with Gabriele Ricciardelli (active between 1741 and 1777). From 1737 to 1739, he was employed decorating the royal palace of Naples.

Coccorante died in Naples in 1750.


He is best known for his large highly detailed landscapes with imaginary classical architectural ruins. He often included small figures in the foreground to emphasize the expansiveness of the ruins. Coccorante is classified as a veduta (or vista) painter. The Honolulu Museum of Art, the Louvre, the Lowe Art Museum (Coral Gables, Florida.), Musée départemental de l'Oise (Beauvais, France), Museum of Grenoble, France), Museo Regionale Agostino Pepoli (Trapani, Italy), and Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco (Milan, Italy) are among the public collections holding paintings by Leonardo Coccorante.


  • Christies, Important Old Master Paintings, the Properties of the Estate of Josephine Hartford Bryce, etc. [Cavallino, Coccorante, Droochsloot, Dusart, Fontana, Giordano, Guardi, Il Guercino, De Mura, Panini, Preti, De Ribera, Romney, Tintoretto, Etc.], New York, Christies, 1993.
  • Fredericksen, Burton and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1972.
  • Sothebys, Old Master Paintings. Dirk Dalense. Delft School. Circle Of Johannes Cornelisz. Jan Van Haensbergen. Roman School. Follower Of Lucas Cranach. Jan Van Der Bent. Leonardo Coccorante. George Lambert. Circle of Nicolas De Largilliere, New York, Sothebys, 1996.


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