Orazio Borgianni Saint Christopher Carrying the Infant Christ About 1615


Born 1574
Died 1616
Nationality Italian
Birth place Rome

Borgianni was born in Rome in 1574 to parents of Florentine origin. He was largely self-taught, but probably attended life-drawing classes at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome, of which he was later an active member. He spent most of his early career in Spain (about 1598 – 1605/6), and retained close links to Spanish patrons following his return to Rome. He was thus a fully formed artist before having first-hand experience of Caravaggio’s mature works, which nevertheless exerted a notable influence on his style and subject matter.