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Lorenzo Costa
 
 
 
born c. 1460, Ferrara, Duchy of Ferrara [Italy]
died March 5, 1535, Mantua, Duchy of Mantua [Italy]

Painter of the school of Ferrara-Bologna, notable as one of the first Ferrarese artists to adopt a soft, atmospheric style of painting.
Costa was trained at Ferrara, probably under Cosme Tura, who was the first important native-born Ferrarese painter. From at least 1485 he worked at Bologna in close connection with Francia, the major Bolognese artist of the period, who led him to soften his style and eliminate his native robustness. His best works are several altarpieces in the churches of Bologna.
In 1506, soon after the expulsion of the ruling Bentivoglio family from Bologna, he was summoned as court painter to Mantua to succeed Andrea Mantegna. He had already painted (150406) one elaborate allegory for the Marchesa of Mantua. He spent his last years in the service of the Gonzagas, doing religious and historical pictures.




Portrait of a Lady with a Lap-dog
c. 1500
Oil on panel, 45,5 x 35,1 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor





Concert
1485-95
Oil on wood, 95,3 x 75,6 cm
National Gallery, London


Court of Isabella d'Este
after 1505
Oil on canvas, 164 x 197 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris






Madonna and Saints
1492
Panel
S. Petronio, Bologna



Madonna and Saints (detail)
1492
Panel
S. Petronio, Bologna


Nativity
Tempera on wood
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lyon





The Reign of Comus
(begun by Mantegna, most work done by Costa after Mantegna's death)
Musee du Louvre, Paris

 
 
 
 

Portrait of a Woman
1500-06
Oil and tempera on canvas, 57 x 44 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg





St Sebastian
1490-91
Tempera on wood, 55 x 49 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


St Cecily's Charity
1505-06
Fresco
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna


Conversion of St Valerian
1505-06
Fresco
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna


Vision of the Apocalypse
1490s
Fresco
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna

 


The Triumph of Death
1490
Fresco
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna

 
 
 
 



Portrait of Battista Fiera
about 1507-8





Sainte Veronique
1508






Portrait of Giovanni Bentivoglio
c. 1492
Tempera on wood, 55 x 49 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence




St Jerome
1485
Panel
S. Petronio, Bologna




The Adoration of the Shepherds with Angels
about 1499




The Story of Moses (The Dance of Miriam)
after 1508




The Virgin and Child with Saints Peter, Philip, John the Evangelist and John the Baptist
1505




The Virgin and Child Enthroned between a Soldier Saint and Saint John the Baptist
1499

 
 
 
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