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Bartolommeo Fra



Bartolommeo Fra

Florentine painter and draughtsman. As student under Oosimo Rosselh he met M. Albertmelli with whom he later often collaborated. B. early inclined to mysticism and, impelled by the preaching of Savonarola, publicly burnt many of his paintings. In 1 500 he entered the monastery of S. Marco. He resumed painting in 1S04, becoming a close friend of Raphael. He worked in Venice (1507), then with Albertinelh in Florence (r. 1509-12); he then went to Rome. Here he was so overwhelmed by Michelangelo's and Raphael's work in the Vatican that he refused all entreaties to collaborate. B.'s work is distinguished by complex yet controlled composition and by his refined and delicate draughtsmanship and use of colour. One of his finest works is 'The Virgin Adoring the Child with St Joseph. Late in life he lost something of his delicacy of treatment.


The Holy Family with St John the Baptist



The Adoration of the Christ Child


La Nativite




Vision of St Bernard with Sts Benedict and John the Evangelist


The Marriage of St Catherine of Siena


Christ with the Four Evangelists


The Incarnation with Six Saints


God the Father with Sts Catherine of Siena and Mary Magdalen




Madonna della Misericordia


Mystic Marriage of St Catherine


The Virgin adoring the Child with Saint Joseph


The Holy Family with Infant Saint John




Circumcision and Nativity


The Virgin and Child with Saint John


Prophet Isaiah


Saint Peter


Saint Paul


Girolamo Savonarola


The Scene of Christ in the Temple


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