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Francesco Francia
 
 

(b Bologna, c. 1450; d Bologna, 1517).

He turned to painting c. 1485, and his first works already testify to the considerable technical accomplishment and gentle religious sensibility that remained constants of his art. His major surviving paintings are altarpieces, mostly images of the Virgin and saints, initially done for Bologna and later for nearby centres, notably Parma, Modena, Ferrara and Lucca. He also painted many small-scale devotional works and a few portraits. The apochryphal anecdote reported by Vasari that Francia died on seeing Raphael’s altarpiece of St Cecilia (Bologna, Pin. N.) is emblematic of the change in taste that suddenly made his art—like that of Perugino—look old-fashioned.




Le Calvaire avec saint Job au pied de la Croix
1514


Crucifixion
1500s
Panel
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna



Adoration of the Child
Panel
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna


Adoration of the Child (detail)
Panel
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna


Crucifixion with Sts John and Jerome
c. 1485
Panel, 52 x 33,5 cm
Collezioni Comunali d'Arte, Bologna

 
 
 
 

Evangelista Scappi
1500-05
Tempera on wood, 55 x 44 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


Madonna and Child with the Infant St John the Baptist
c. 1500
Panel, 57 x 43,7 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest





The Marriage of St Cecily
1504-06
Fresco
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna


The Burial of St Cecily
1504-06
Fresco
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna


Madonna and Saints
Panel
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna

 
 
 
 

Presentazione di Gese al tempio
1580




The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and other Saints
1517



Bishop Altobello Averoldo
c. 1505
Samuel H. Kress Collection



Bartolomeo Bianchini
1500




Mourning over the Dead Christ
1510




Pieta
1517




The Virgin and Child with an Angel
1480




The Virgin and Child with Two Saints
1510

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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