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Birthday: From our Christian Masterpiece Collection #BD1712, The Annunciation by Paolo de Matteis (1662–1728). Matteis was an Italian painter born in Cilento near Salerno. He trained with Francesco di Mariain, and then with Luca Giordano. From 1702 to 1705 Matteis worked in Paris, Calabria, and in Genoa, where he painted an Immaculate Conception with St. Jerome appearing to St. Sevrio. Returning to Naples, he painted decorative schemes for Neapolitan churches, including the vault of the chapel of San Ignatius in the church of Gesù Nuovo in Naples. He also painted an Assumption of the Virgin for the Abbey at Monte Cassino, and The Adoration of the Shepherds currently displayed in the Dallas Museum of Art. Between 1723–1725, de’ Matteis lived in Rome, where he received a commission from Pope Innocent XIII. His pupils included Inacio de Oliveira, Bernardes Peresi, Francesco, Gennaro, Giovanni and Antonio Sarnelli, Giuseppe Mastroleo and Nicolas de Filippis. He died in Naples in 1728 at the age of sixty-six.