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Felice

Ficherelli

Artistic period 1601 to 1650

Nationality

Italian

Birth

1603 (San Gimignano)

Death

1660 (Firenze)

Biography

Felice Ficherelli (* 1605 in San Gimignano; † 1660) was an Italian baroque painter who worked mainly in Tuscany.

Ficherelli was a pupil of Jacopo da Empoli. His early works were paintings for noble clients such as Conte Bardi, who advised Ficherelli to go to Florence and study with Jacopi da Empoli.

In the workshop he was nicknamed Felice Riposo (= Felice the Calm) because of his sluggish nature.

There is still a copy of Ficherelli's picture of the saint Praxedis, which some scientists attribute to Jan Vermeer van Delft, others deny Vermeer's authorship. This copy bears the signature "Meer N R o o" for "Vermeer to Riposo" and is dated 1655. Ficherelli's picture is in the Fergmani Collection, Ferrarra.