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Orsola Maddalena Caccia


Thanks to Vittorio Sgarbi was discovered inside the church of San Giacomo in Bellagio, a work of art of the painter Orsola Maddalena Caccia, a striking but little-known figure of the seventeenth-century art scene.

Orsola Maddalena Caccia was born in 1596, the second of nine children. Particularly skilled painter, carries on a vocation in the creative workshop of his father William, better known as Moncalvo, a leading figure of the late Mannerist Piedmontese, who wanted her beside him at an early age.

Its formation dates back to the years 1611-1615 during which the young actively participates in the execution of the works of his father, engaged in a large number of commissions. In the paintings of the famous painter often acknowledges his daughter's hand in the decorative details, the drapes, and decorations. In 1620 the young, probably by William, joined the Monastery of the Ursulines of Bianzè, along with four sisters. It remains there until 1625, when he returned to Moncalvo, where William Hunt financed the construction of a monastery to house the daughters. The 1625 is the year of the painter's death, leaving all his working material, paintings, sketches, drawings and tools to Ursula, who by this time began to develop its own unique stylistic autonomy.
Orsola holds the office of abbess of the monastery from 1627 to 1645 and died in 1676 at the age of 80 years.

Orsola Maddalena Caccia woman monk and painter, art cultivates an identity different from that of the female figures of his time and challenge the cultural conventions of the time.
Daughter of art and abbess of a convent, Orsola was the author of an extraordinary number of religious works and meaningful still lifes, which effectively usher in a genre not yet done.

To enhance this exceptional discovery and let the public know this amazing artist, 5 to 7 May, at the Arts Tower Bellagio will host the exhibition Orsola Maddalena Caccia, La Madonna di Suor Maddalena a Bellagio.

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