Innocenzo di Pietro Francucci da Imola

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Innocenzo (di Pietro) Francucci[1][2][3] (c. 1490 – c. 1550), generally known as Innocenzo da Imola, was an Italian painter and draftsman.

The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine, Filangieri Museum, Naples.
The Martyrdom of Saint Cassian of Imola.


The son of a goldsmith named Pietro, he was born in Imola sometime around 1490.[4] After presumably studying with his father in Imola, by 1506 he had moved to nearby Bologna to study painting.[4] According to Carlo Cesare Malvasia he entered the studio of Francesco Francia in 1508 (although the reliability of this claim has been questioned). He later went to Florence where in 1510 he worked under the direction of Mariotto Albertinelli.[5]

His earliest known works include The Virgin and Child with Saints Sebastian, Roch, Cosmas and Damian was signed and dated in 1515. The Virgin and Child with Saints John, Apollinaris and Catherine and a Bishop, signed and dated in 1516. This second painting is in Cásola Valsenio, near Bologna.

During his life he produced a series of religious frescoes and altarpieces, painted in a Raphaelesque manner.[6] His only secular paintings are five mythological frescoes in the Palazzina della Viola in Bologna.[6] He trained artists such as Francesco Primaticcio, Prospero Fontana, and Pietro Lamo. The Church of Santa Maria Dei Servi in Bologna has interior paintings by Francucci.

Francucci died in Bologna around 1550.

Known worksEdit


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  2. ^ Cappelletti, Francesca. "Innocenzo da Imola [Francucci, Innocenzo]". Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online, Oxford University Press. Retrieved 4 December 2013. (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Francucci, Innocenzo di Pietro". Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Oxford Art Online, Oxford University Press. Retrieved 4 December 2013. (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b Pedrini, Claudia (1998). "Francucci, Innocenzo (Innocenzo da Imola)". Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani (in Italian). 50. Treccani. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  5. ^ Geronimus, Dennis (2006). Piero di Cosimo: visions beautiful and strange. New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 182. ISBN 978-0-300-10911-5.
  6. ^ a b Wyss, Edith (1996). The myth of Apollo and Marsyas in the art of the Italian Renaissance: an inquiry into the meaning of images. Newark: University of Delaware Press; London; Cranbury: Associated University Presses, p. 86. ISBN 978-0-87413-540-4.
  7. ^ Innocenzo da Imola, 700, Study of an Angel and of Drapery (drawing). New York Art Resources Consortium. Retrieved February 7, 2012.