Pier Dandini was the son (or nephew) and pupil of the painter Vincenzo Dandini . Pietro's uncle, Cesare Dandini , was a prominent painter in Florence. Pier traveled to Bologna, Modena, Venice, and Rome to learn about art. As a painter, Dandini's styles are eclectic, as reflected in his travels.
Peter was strongly patronized by members of the Family Doctors , including Prince Ferdinand and the Grand Duke. He completed a number of ecclesiastical commissions in Florence. He also painted an altarpiece depicting the Beheading of the Baptist for the Church of St. John of the Knights, among others.
Other works include frescoes in the Capella Nuova of Villa La Petraia ; murals for Villa Bellavista near Pistoia; and in the Florentine Palazzo Corsini . He painted a large canvas of the Battle of Vienna in 1683 (now lost) for the auditor Filippo Lucci, which won the admiration of contemporary critics such as Francis Xavier Baldinucci, from whom was derived the biographical information about Peter's life. The Palazzo Montecitorio in Rome has a series of paintings of his Four Seasons . He also painted some pastoral and rustic scenes. More on Pietro Dandini
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