Orazio Gentileschi

1563 - 1639

Born in Pisa, Gentileschi moved to Rome and met Caravaggio. Though highly influenced by him, he gradually developed a softer, more refined version of Caravaggio's dramatic style.

He worked briefly in Genoa and Paris before moving to London in 1626 where he was employed as court painter for Charles I. He was one of the first practitioners of Caravaggism in England and was held in great esteem. He remained in the country for the rest of his life.

Gentileschi's ceiling painting of the Queen's House in Greenwich is now at Marlborough House in London and The Finding of Moses, also from the Queen's House, is on loan to the Gallery. Other works by him are housed throughout Europe and the United States.