Who is Bernardo Zenale?

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Bernardo (or Bernardino) Zenale (c. 1460 – 1526) was an Italian painter and architect.

Zenale was born in Treviglio, Lombardy, where in 1485 he the end the great polyptych for the church of St. Martin, together when his fellow Bernardino Butinone. Like Butinone, he is said to have trained subsequent to Vincenzo Civerchio. Later he collaborated to the beautification of the Certosa di Pavia. Subsequently, he was engaged by Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, to paint a room in the Castello Sforzesco of that city. Also later than Butinone, he frescoed the Grifi Chapel in the church of San Pietro in Gessate.

After circa 1500, Zenale seemed to resign the Ferrarese-expressionist style of Butinone, a mighty influence from Leonardo da Vinci starting to do its stuff his works. This is manifest in the polyptych that he painted for the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception of Cantù (1502). He was influenced next by Bernardino Luini’s style: works in the same way as the Pala Busti and the large Annunciation (both in the Pinacoteca di Brera) have indeed raised disputes nearly the attribution to Luini or Zenale.

Zenale worked after that in Brescia (the noteworthy Deposition in the church of St. John the Evangelist). In 1510 he painted a Madonna as soon as Child amongst St. Ambrose and St. Jerome, for the church of St. Francis in Milan, now in Denver. In 1522 he replaced Giovanni Antonio Amadeo in the handing out of works of the Duomo di Milano.

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