Cavalcaselle, Giovanni Battista (jōvänˈnē bät-tēsˈtä kävälkäsĕlˈlā) [key], 1820–97, Italian art critic and writer. Cavalcaselle studied painting at the Academy of Venice and traveled extensively through Italy studying its art treasures. He participated in the Revolution of 1848 and escaped to England, where he remained for several years. While there he produced, in collaboration with Joseph A. Crowe, their first joint work, Early Flemish Painters (1856). Cavalcaselle returned to Italy in 1857. The writings of Crowe and Cavalcaselle include the still basic History of Painting in Italy (3 vol., 1864–66).
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