Belluno 1659 - 1734 Venice
Sebastiano Ricci initiated the development of Venetian painting in the 18th century. His training reflected the various Italian painting traditions common in Venice, Bologna, Rome and Milan. During a restless itinerary life he merged these diverse impressions into a homogeneous, extremely decorative style of painting.
Around 1700 Ricci settled in Venice, but also undertook longer sorties abroad: to Vienna from 1701–1703, to Florence from 1706–1707 and to London from 1712–1716, from where he also travelled to Paris.
His activities as a historical painter attracted widespread attention and earned respect for contemporary Venetian art throughout Europe. Ricci finally became a member of the Académie française in 1718.