Bono da Ferrara: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Bono da Ferrara or Bono Ferrarese (active 1441–1461) was an Italian painter of the early-Renaissance period.

He seems to have been the pupil of both Pisano and Squarcione. He was employed by the Dukes of Ferrara to garnish their castles at Migliaro and Belfiore, in 1450 and 1452. He also painted a St. Christopher in the chapel of the Eremitani at Padua, and he is said to have assisted in the decorations of the Cathedral of Siena in 1461. The National Gallery possesses a St. Jerome in the Desert, by him, and in the Galleries of Dresden and Munich are as a consequence paintings assigned to this artist. His style partakes of that of his master Squarcione, and also of that of his fellow-pupil Mantegna. Of his birth or death no dates can be given.

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