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The Cover
February 25, 1998

St Francis in Penitence

JAMA. 1998;279(8):568. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-8-jcs80004

His is hardly a household name, even to students of art history, yet in his day the Italian painter Francesco Trevisani (1656-1746) was not only one of the most famous painters in an already art-rich Rome, but he was internationally known as well. In Italy his patrons were popes, princes, and cardinals, abroad they ranged as far as the courts of St Petersburg, Spain, Portugal, France,and Germany. (Louis XIV, it is said, owned no fewer than 25 of his paintings.)Besides portraiture, Trevisani fulfilled commissions for historical, religious,and mythological subjects. He is reported to have done some genre scenes early in his career, but these have not survived. Some of his most striking work belongs to his later years: during his 70s and well into his 80s he worked on the cartoons for the mosaics in the Baptismal Chapel of St Peter's in Rome.