Pietro Berrettini da Cortona (1596-1659), The Assumption, 16th century, graphite, 14 7/16 x 7 3/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate.
Italian painter and architect Pietro Berrettini da Cortona was born on this day in 1596. Da Cortona painted in the Italian Baroque era, mostly in Rome and Florence. He painted numerous frescos and murals, utilizing the architecture of the rooms to make a spectacular impact.