Who is Michelangelo Anselmi?

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Michelangelo Anselmi (c. 1492 – c. 1554) was an Italian Renaissance-Mannerist painter nimble mostly in Parma.

He was born, apparently in Tuscany, perhaps in Lucca, from a Parmesan associates of ancient Langobard origin, known as Anselmi di Cardano. He moved to Siena approximately 1500, where he is mentioned as painter for the first grow old in 1511. He was a pupil of Il Sodoma and Domenico Beccafumi.

He arrived in Parma vis-а-vis 1515. There, he victimized frescoes including several decorations in San Giovanni Evangelista, and an altarpiece for the Duomo. In virtually 1530, he painted Madonna once Saint Sebastian and Saint Roch (now in the National Gallery at Parma). He painted a Baptism of Christ for the Church of San Prospero in Reggio Emilia. Together gone his contemporary Rondani he painted a narrative fresco series upon the Life of the Virgin for the Oratorio della Concezione in Parma. Anselmi next painted Holy Family taking into account Saint Barbara (c. 1540; now in the National Gallery of Parma). In 1541, he garlanded the apse of the church of the Steccata in Parma according to a design, not of Parmigianino who had like been employed in this task, but of Giulio Romano. He then painted an Adoration of the Magi, which after Anselmi’s death was completed by Bernardino Gatti.

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