View alphabetical lists of all artists currently featured on the site.
Select the initial of the artist's name that you are looking for. Scroll down the list until you find the name, and select it for more information about the artist and his or her work.
Artists are organised by their most commonly-used names. This is usually but not always their surname e.g. Leonardo da Vinci is under L, Van Gogh is under V and Raphael is under R.
Bernardo Strozzi (Italian, 1581 - 1644)
Despite being born to impoverished parents, Strozzi became one of the most accomplished and celebrated Genoese artists of his generation. His rise to fame was by no means smooth. Following some initial artistic training under the painter Pietro Sorri, by 1599 Strozzi had decided to become a Capuchin monk. In 1609 he was allowed to leave the monastery to provide for his ill mother and unmarried sister. Strozzi chose painting as his full time profession and was very successful, but when his mother died in 1630, the monks demanded that he return to complete his duty to the holy order. To avoid imprisonment Strozzi fled to Venice, where his popularity escalated. He painted portraits, including the doge’s, altarpieces, genre scenes, allegories, and won many important public commissions.