The Discovery of Romulus and Remus
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Giovanni David ( Gabella 1743 - Genoa 1790 )
Giovanni David was supported thoughout his career by the Genoese diplomat Giacomo Durazzo, in exchange for his work. His patron's broad interests enabled David to travel extensively, to England, Holland and France, and also to work in a wide variety of media: not just drawings, but prints, stage designs, wax sculptures and paintings in oil and fresco. Durazzo also ensured that David studied in the early 1770s under Domenico Corvi in Rome, where he went on to receive a prize in painting at the Accademia di San Luca in 1775. In that year he moved to Venice. There, in addition to painting and engraving, he designed scenery for the Teatro La Fenice and responded to contemporary Venetian painting. He also made a series of satirical etchings with aquatint of 12 Venetian characters. He returned to Genoa in 1780, then travelled to France, England and the Netherlands.