This is Francesco Bonsignori

By Gwylym Owen

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Francesco Bonsignori (c. 1455 – July 2, 1519), also known as Francesco Monsignori, was an Italian painter and draughtsman, characterized by his excellence in religious subjects, portraits, architectural outlook and animals. He was born in Verona and died in Caldiero, a city close Verona. Bonsignori’s style in early get older was below the influence of his university Liberale da Verona. After becoming the portraitist and court artiste to the Gonzaga relations of Mantua in 1487, his style was influenced by Andrea Mantegna, who afterward worked for Francesco Gonzaga from the 1480s. They collaborated to execute several religious paintings, mainly subsequently the theme of Madonna and Child. The attribution of the portrait of a Venetian Senator (National Gallery, London) was debatable until the last century because of the kinship in techniques used by Bonsignori and his literary Mantegna. During the phase of his career in Mantua, there is an undocumented era between 1495 and July 1506 afterward no endorsed record nearly his events by the court of Mantua. Bonsignori’s late style was decisively influenced by Lorenzo Costa in terms of form and color. He produced his last monumental altarpiece the Adoration of the Blessed Osanna Andreasi (Pal.Ducale, Mantua) in 1519 hastily before his death.

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