Who is Boccaccio Boccaccino?

By Gwylym Owen

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Boccaccio Boccaccino (c. 1467 – c. 1525) was a painter of the ahead of time Italian Renaissance, belonging to the Emilian school. He is profiled in Vasari’s Le Vite delle più eccellenti pittori, scultori, ed architettori (or, in English, Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects).

He was born in Ferrara and studied there, probably below Domenico Panetti. Few facts of his sparkle are known. His principal artistic activity was in Venice, Ferrara, and especially in Cremona, where he founded a intellectual in which Garofalo was a pupil.

His most highly praised achievement is the frescoes in the Cathedral of Cremona (1506–1519) representing the Birth of the Virgin and some subjects from her life. His slant there was taken beyond by Altobello Melone. His unshakable works, which include the Marriage of Saint Catherine (Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice), the Virgin and Child as soon as Four Saints (Venice, San Giuliano), the Virgin and Two Saints (Cremona, San Quirilo), and the Holy Family (Paris, Louvre), are considered by Lanzi remarkable for richness of drapery, variety of color, spirit and grace of attitude, and treaty of landscape. Several works formerly certified to Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, and Garofalo are now attributed to Boccaccino.

Boccaccino died in Cremona. His son and pupil Camillo Boccaccino (1501–46) was a painter alert in Cremona.

Paintings by Boccaccino are in the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts (Budapest), the Uffizi and National Museum of Art of Romania (Bucharest).

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