Ubaldo Gandolfi, San Matteo della Decima 1728 - 1781 Ravenna
Born in 1728, Ubaldo Gandolfi was active in Bologna during the late Baroque period. He entered the Accademia Clementina at the age of seventeen and demonstrated much talent, winning prizes for figure drawing at a young age. He was an esteemed draughtsman and in 1761 he became a professor of life drawing at the academy. Gandolfi came from a large family of artists, with his younger brother Gaetano being a particularly well-known for his religious paintings. Both brothers were prolific in painting frescoes, altarpieces, and mythological scenes. The influence of Carracci can be clearly seen in Gandolfi's early works and, stylistically, his oeuvre bridges the gap between Baroque and Neoclassicism.