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François de Nomé: An architectural fantasy
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François de Nomé:Belisarius Recognized by one of his Soldiers
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François de Nomé: Fantastic ruins with saint Augustine and the child
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François de Nomé: Fantastic view of a Gothic Cathedral

François de Nomé (1593 – after 1620) was a French painter of the Baroque period, active mainly in Naples. Born in Metz in the Lorraine region in 1593, de Nomé had moved to Rome by 1602 where he worked in the workshop of Balthasar Lawars until around 1610 after which he moved to Naples.

Until the mid-twentieth century de Nomé’s works were believed to be by one “Monsù Desiderio”. However the works formerly attributed to Desiderio have since been identified as the work of at least three artists: de Nomé, Didier Barra, who was also from Metz, and a third, as yet unnamed painter. The figures in de Nomé’s works were painted by other artists, including Belisario Corenzio and Jan van Swanenburgh.

The themes are bizarre, typically decrepit ruins or near-barren buildings in a nearly-surrealist, apparently post-apocalyptic landscape. People are tiny figures, skies overcast, tonalities earthen, and edges indistinct. His depiction of Venice’s Piazza di San Marco is correctly populated by the appropriate structures, but the details are all invented.

The style was not highly influential for Italian painters of landscapes (veduta) in the next century, with the exception of perhaps Alessandro Magnasco. However, the depictions of nightmarish wilderness amidst the detritus of civilization was a thematic adopted by painters such as Salvatore Rosa and Michelangelo Cerquozzi, and reappears in the cappricci (whimsical and fantastic monuments, ruins, or buildings) of Piranesi.
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François de Nomé: Inferno
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François de Nomé: King Asa Destroying the Idols
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François de Nomé: Landscape with Buildings
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François de Nomé: Martyrdom of a Saint
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François de Nomé: Salome as she is being presented with the head of St John

François de Nomé continúa todavía hoy vinculado al nombre de Monsù Desiderio; designación con la que tradicionalmente se han asociado las obras de dos artistas diferentes: François de Nomé y Didier Barra. Ambos pintores, cuyas personalidades han sido recientemente separadas e identificadas, eran oriundos de Metz y estuvieron activos en Nápoles durante la primera mitad del siglo XVII, llegando incluso a trabajar en colaboración François. de Nomé se trasladó a Roma cuando tenía más o menos once años. Allí se formó con el Maestro Baldassarre, quien probablemente fuera el pintor flamenco de paisajes Balthazar Lauwers, conocido también como Lauri. Además de la huella de los trabajos del propio Lauwers y de Paul Bril, se aprecian en la obra de François de Nomé influjos de la pintura de arquitecturas extravagantes de Hans Vredeman de Vries y de las escenas teatrales de Jacques Callot y Giulio Parigi.

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Didier Barra: The Borgo Loreto with Vesuvius in eruption
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Didier Barra:The sack of Troy
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Didier Barra:Vesuvius
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Didier Barra:Vue de Metz et descente de croix
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Didier Barra:Vue of Naples