Orazio Gentileschi was an Italian painter. He studied with his brother Aurelio, who was a pupil of Bronzino. In 1582 he went to Rome and worked for the Popes. Eventually, he became a close friend of Caravaggio, and they shared a mystically focused, religious circle of motifs. It is recognized that they influenced each other stylistically, but Gentileschi's clear and elegant drawing and feeling for color and fabric are characteristic of him. While gradually distancing himself from Caravaggio's style, Gentileschi continued to adhere to the clair-obscur effect throughout his output.
In the period 1621-1624 he was in Genoa, where he met van Dyck and worked for Karl Emanuel of Savoy. In 1625 he worked for Maria de Medici in France, and the following year he became court painter to Charles 1 in England, where he settled down for good.
Gentileschi's most popular work is the Annunciation (1623, Turin).
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