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Giuseppe Cades

(Italian, 1750–1799)

juno discovers jupiter with io by giuseppe cades

Giuseppe Cades

Juno Discovers Jupiter with Io

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Giuseppe Cades enjoyed a highly successful, if relatively brief career as one of the leading history painters and decorators in Rome in the last quarter of the 18th century. The son of a French tailor who had settled in Rome, Cades was a pupil of Domenico Corvi at the Accademia di San Luca. He was a precocious student with a particular gift for draughtsmanship, and some of his earliest drawings are dated 1762 and 1763, when he was barely a teenager. A few years later, at the age of sixteen, he won the first prize in a drawing competition at the Accademia di San Luca with a large drawing of Tobit Curing His Father’s Blindness. Part of his artistic training was to make drawn copies after Renaissance masters, a practice he continued in his maturity. Expelled from Corvi’s studio in 1766, Cades gravitated toward the community of French, Scandinavian and German artists then working in Rome, whose work was to have a strong influence on his own. Much of his early work took the form of large, highly finished drawings, which he produced as autonomous works of art. He soon, however, established a highly successful career as a painter. His religious works included numerous altarpieces commissioned for churches in Rome and elsewhere in Italy, particularly in the late 1780’s and 1790’s. Cades was also in great demand as a decorative painter, and among his important public commissions was the decoration of the Sala di Musica of the Palazzo Senatorio in 1779, executed in collaboration with the architect Giacomo Quarenghi. He also worked at the several Roman palaces, including the Palazzo Ruspoli, the Villa Borghese, the Palazzo Altieri and the Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia. Cades died at the relatively young age of 49, still at the height of his powers.