Happy Birthday Giovanni Battista Natali III !! Born in Pontremoli, Italy in 1698, the Baroque artist was a sculptor and painter. His father, Frances was a painter. Natali left Pontremoli for Parma where he worked, and was highly regarded. Natali was also art director of Teatro Regio, in Parma. He later moved to Piacenza continuing theater work as well as painting. I love the emotion depicted in the ship in distress below, (note the crocodiles in the lower center and the oncoming storm) typical of the Baroque style.