- Stefano Tofanelli
He was born in
Lucca. He was a pupil of Niccolo Lapiccolain Rome. He was employed by engravers to make drawings for them, and, for example, for Volpato, he drew "Parnassus" by Raphaeland a "Sibyl and two Prophets" by [Michelangelo] , "Martyrdom" by Guido Reni, "Aurora" and "Day & Night" by Guercino, and a Landscape by Claude Lorraine. For the artist Morghen, he completed a drawing of Poussin's "Dance of the Hours", of Raphael's "Jurisprudence", "Transfiguration", and "Miracle of Bolsena"; and of Murillo's "Magdalene". He also worked for Bettelini, Fontana, and Giovanni Folo. Tofanelli also painted altarpieces, portraits, and mythological scenes. In 1781 he opened an Art School in Rome, but afterwards returned to Lucca, and in 1802 became Professor of Drawing in the University of San Frediano. He died in Lucca.
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