Five famous painters from the Prosecco area
Giovanni Battista Cima, also known simply as Cima da Conegliano is probably the most famous painter related to this area, the one every local has been hearing about at least once in his life.
One of the most exponents of the Venetian Painting, he’s been living in many cities in northern Italy, but he always used to come back to Conegliano during the summer.
You can admire some of his most famous paintings in the Sala dei Battuti in Conegliano.
Many things are uncertain about this painter, but one is sure: he lived the last part of his life and died in Conegliano, leaving a lot of his beautiful work everywhere around in the area that today is mostly known for Prosecco.
He used to paint especially frescos: recurrent themes include saints, religious scenes, and portraits of the nobility.
Not to be missed is his most important painting: Madonna col Bambino, at the Asolo Civic Museum.
Originally from Lombardia, his artistic heritage boasts some 20 canvases scattered among the area.
He lived in Serravalle, a historic district of Vittorio Veneto, where Tiziano, famous and international artist, was also active. This bad timing didn’t allow him to paint the famous Serravalle Altarpiece.
Fortunately, we can still admire some of his finest works at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Castello Roganzuolo.
4. FRANCESCO BECCARUZZI – 1493/1563
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Born in Conegliano, he spent the greatest part of his life in the area, having the opportunity to learn from some of the most famous and influential painters of that period, who passed by through these areas.
Veronese, Tiziano and Tintoretto just to name a few. Not to be forgotten: Cima da Conegliano, whose pupil he had the good fortune to be.
His birth home in Conegliano is today the headquarters of the National Alpine Association.
5. RICCARDO PERUCOLO – 1520/1568
A troubled life for this painter who was born and lived in Conegliano. A pupil of several masters present locally at the time, he was less lucky, however, with justice.
Accused of Lutheranism, he was forced to repent and abjure until, guilty again, he was sentenced to death and executed in the public square (of Conegliano).
Traces of his presence can be found in the frescoes of Palazzo Sarcinelli, Conegliano’s most famous museum.