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Giuseppe Antonio Caccioli (Bologna, October 18, 1672 - Bologna, July 20, 1740) was an Italian painter of the Baroque period.


Giuseppe Antonio Caccioli was born in Bologna on October 18, 1672. At the age of three his father died and he was taught the art of painting by his tutors from a very early age. Later he was assigned under the assistance of the painter brothers Giuseppe and Antonio Roli who at the time were painting the ceiling of San Paolo church in Bologna. Caccioli had a natural predisposition for the art of painting.[1]

He Married Rosa Teresa Fontana with whom he had two boys. In 1740 he died at the age of 67 and was buried in Santa Maria Maggiore in Bologna.[2]


Painting by Caccioli representing Mario Scoto and Pope Leo III

He painted Mario Scoto bringing back pope Leo III to his Holy See in Rome and Galeazzo e Taddeo Marescotti freeing Annibale Bentivogli from the Rocca di Varano. Both can still be seen at Palazzo Marescotti in Bologna.

He painted the portrait of Cardinal Raniero elevated by pope Lucius II.

After three years spent at the service of Prince Luis of Baden in Germany together with Pietro Farina, he returns to Bologna where he painted the facade of the foro della Mercanzia, a chapel dell'arte de'falegnami, a chapel dell'arte de'notai and the facade over the altar of San Gabriello church.

After the death of Antonio Roli in 1695, he was chosen to paint the church of San Paolo. At first i did the four corners representing the four parts of the world, then the whole cupola, the choir and finally the two large lateral chapels. He then painted all the ovats in the sacristy with scenes from the life of s. Joseph and on the outside a fresco of the Holy Family.

He then painted the church of the orphans of San Bartolomeo di Reno with the Virgin of the Rain.

In Trento he painted two naves of the Duomo, and upon his return to Bologna, using tempera the nave above the door of the Collegio del Ritiro delle Dame.

In 1713 he went to Florence where in the palace of the Senator Tempi he painted the ball room and various rooms. Back in Bologna on May 20 1714 he painted all the ovats in the sacristy and the hall of the church of San Francesco.

in 1721 he went to Asti to paint the church of San Martino.

He then returned to Bologna where he stayed amongst his various works, painted the rooms of the house of Giovagnoni, the oratory of the confraternity della Purità, a chapel of San Petronio, the altar in the church of Santo Stefano and Maurizi and a door of the confraternity della Carità.


  1. ^ Luigi Crespi, vite de' pittori bolognesi, stamperia di M. Pagliarini, 1769. p.121 [1]
  2. ^ ibid. p.122 [2]


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