Francesco de Mura

Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist

Francesco de Mura (21 April 1696 – 19 August 1782) was an Italian painter of the late-Baroque period, active mainly in Naples and Turin. His late work reflects the style of neoclassicism.


Francesco de Mura, also referred to as Franceschiello, was a pupil of Francesco Solimena, then later with Domenico Viola, where he met his contemporary, Mattia Preti.

While still in his teens he painted frescoes (1715) in San Nicola alla Carità in Naples. He painted ten canvases of the Virtues and an Adoration of the Magi (1728) for the church of Santa Maria Donnaromita. His other works include frescoes of the Adoration of the Magi (1732) in the apsidal dome of the church of the Nunziatella. De Mura also painted portraits.

Among his pupils was Pietro Bardellino[1] and Girolamo Starace.[2]

Selected worksEdit

Allegory of arts


  1. ^ Vicende della coltura nelle due Sicilie, by Pietro Napoli-Signorelli. Volume II, 2nd edition, Naples (1811); page 252.
  2. ^ Le belle arti, Volumes 1-2, By Giovanni Battista Gennaro Grossi, Tipografia del Giornale Enciclopedico, Strada del Salvadore a Sant'Angelo a Nilo #48, Naples (1820); page 194.
  • Hobbes, James R. (1849). Picture collector's manual; Dictionary of Painters (Volume 1). T. & W. Boone, 29 Bond Street, London; Digitized by Googlebooks (2006) from Oxford library. p. 293.
  • Grove Art Encyclopedia abstract.
  • Short biography.
  • Aurora and Tithonus, prince of Troy.
  • Allegory of Malta.

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