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Dosso Dossi

(b ?Ferrara, c. 1490; d Ferrara, 1541–2).

Although responsive to a wide range of outside influences, the most important of which were probably those of Giorgione in Venice and Raphael in Rome, he was an artist of great originality with a strong feeling for effects of light and colour. Landscape plays a prominent and highly expressive role in his work. He was employed, as were also the poets Matteomaria Boiardo (?1441–94) and Ludovico Ariosto, at the court of Ferrara, which was internationally renowned for its culture, especially its musical life and collections of art: one of his best-known works is an illustration of a magical scene from Ariosto’s poetry, Melissa (1520s; Rome, Gal. Borghese), a painting of opulent colour and texture.

 


 


Bacchus

c. 1524
Private collection
 

 

 


The Virgin Appearing to Sts John the Baptist and John the Evangelist

1520s
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

 

 


Aeneas and Achates on the Libyan Coast

c. 1520
National Gallery of Art, Washington


 

Circe and her Lovers in a Landscape

1514-16
Canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington



 

Circe

c. 1520
Oil on canvas
Galleria Borghese, Rome



 

St Cosmas and St Damian

1534-42
Oil on canvas
Galleria Borghese, Rome



 

Diana and Calisto

c. 1528
Oil on canvas
Galleria Borghese, Rome



 

Sacra Famiglia
1528
 

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