Bonifacio Veronese, birth name: Bonifacio de' Pitati[1] (1487 – 19 October 1553) was an Italian Renaissance painter who was active in the Venetian Republic. His work had an important influence on the younger generation of painters in Venice, particularly Andrea Schiavone and Jacopo Tintoretto.[2]

The Adoration of the Shepherds, Prado Museum, Madrid

Life edit

The artist was born in Verona from which his family moved to Venice around 1505. Here, the young artist reputedly trained under Palma il Vecchio. He was initially a close follower of il Vecchio. He ran a large workshop in Venice, which could execute small devotional works as well as large painting projects. His early work also shows his knowledge of Giorgione and Titian[3]

Holy Family with St. John the Baptist

He created a large series of narrative paintings for the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi.[2] It took 20 years to complete the project.[3]

His style was influenced by that of Giorgione and Titian. From the 1530s the artist introduced some figurative elements of central Italian origin derived mainly from Raphael. During those years he made a fortune in Venice[3] Many cassoni and furniture decorations are attributed to him.

He is said to have had a lasting influence on Andrea Schiavone and Tintoretto. He died in Venice.[2]

Works attributed to the artist edit

The rich man and Lazarus 1540 Gallerie dell'Accademia Venice

References edit

  1. ^ Also known as Bonifazio Veneziano
  2. ^ a b c Thomas Nichols. "Pitati, Bonifazio de’." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 28 Dec. 2016
  3. ^ a b c Pitati, Bonifacio de at the Prado website (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Parabola di Lazzaro e il ricco Epulone".

Further reading edit

  • Freedberg, Sydney J. (1993). Pelican History of Art (ed.). Painting in Italy, 1500-1600 (Penguin Books Ltd ed.). pp. 347–349.

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