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Bellisario Corenzio

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CORENZIO, BELLISA'RIO (Cavaliere), a Greek, and a celebrated painter, distinguished for his ability and notorious for his invidious tyranny over the painters of Naples in his time, whether Neapolitans or straugers, was born about 1558. He was five years the pupil of Tiutoretto at Venice, and settled in Naples about 1590. Here in conjunction with Ribera and Carracciolo he obtaiuhd a complete ascendancy, which he accomplished partly by his ability, partly by dissimulation, and partly by violence. Corenzio, Ribera, and Carrac ciolo are said to have formed a triumvirate, whose object was to control all the great undertakings in paintings in Naples, and to allot his portion to each ; audit is added that they did not scruple to resort to the most violent measures to remove the rivals whom they failed to intimidate. Coreuzio, though not to be compared with Tintoretto, possessed nearly equal bolduess of manner and facility of execution, and he was also little inferior to him in invention. He was an able

colourist in oil, but he took little pleasure in that style; his ambition was to paint great works in fresco, and lie executed many at Naples. In the number of his frescoes he has been equalled by few masters, and by still fewer in their extent ; he could execute in a single day as much work as would occupy four painters of ordinary efficiency in the same time. One of his best and greatest works, the 'Feeding of the Five Thousand,' in the refectory of the Benedictines, occupied him only forty days. He died in 1643, at au advanced age : he was repairing one of his frescoes, when be fell from the scaffolding and was killed. (Dominici, Vite dei Pittori, (kc. ; Lanzi, Scoria Pittorica, rte,)