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Gaetano Lapis, who was born in Cagli, trained under Sebastiano Conca in Rome the 1720s and subsequently established a successful career there.  He as enrolled in the Academia di San Luca in 1741 and was director of the Scuola del Nudo in Campidoglio in 1757.  He also executed many works for his native city and for other centres in the Marche and Umbria.

Giuseppe Reposati trained under him in Rome for some twelve years from ca. 1740 and also frequented the circle of Sebastiano Conca.


St Benedict (probably 1733)

This small panel above the altarpiece on the high altar of San Benedetto is attributed to Gaetano Lapis.  (The altarpiece (1733) itself, which depicts St Francis’ Vision of Christ, is signed by Sebastiano Conca.  It seems that both were painted in 1733, just before the altar was was consecrated.

St Francis of Paola (1734)

In 1734, the Compagnia di San Francesco di Paola paid Gaetano Lapis for this altarpiece for the chapel that they had acquired in Santa Maria del Prato in 1717.  The altarpiece shows the kneeling saint with his staff, surrounded by putti.  It  replaced another for which the confraternity had paid Gaetano Bonaventuri in 1717: this earlier altarpiece has been lost.

St Lucy in Glory (18th century)

This altarpiece in Santa Lucia (on the 1st altar on the left) is attributed to Gaetano Lapis.

St Francis (18th century)

This oval panel in the Chiesa della Misericordia is attributed to Gaetano Lapis.


Ecstasy of Saint Joseph of Copertino (1761-3)

The friars of San Francesco al Prato commissioned this altarpiece from Gaetano Lapis for the 2nd altar on the right.  [Where is it now?].

Madonna and Child with saints (1762)

This altarpiece on the high altar of the Oratorio dei SS Andrea e Bernardino, which by Gaetano Lapis, depicts the Madonna and Child with SS John the Baptist, Andrew and Bernardino of Siena.


Works in San Filippo Neri

Two altarpieces (18th century) in San Filippo Neri are by/attributed to Gaetano Lapis:

  1. the presentation of the Virgin, on the 2nd altar on the right; and

  2. the Crucifixion, on the altar of the right transept.

Read more:

G. Fidanza, “La Pittura del Settecento a Gubbio.: Storia e Documenti”, (2009) Rome

See in particular Chapter 5, “Gaetano Lapis per Gubbio

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