Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio
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Boltraffio or Beltraffio (1466 or 1467 – 1516) was an Italian
painter of the High Renaissance from Lombardy, who worked in the
studio of Leonardo da Vinci. Boltraffio and Bernardino Luini are the
strongest artistic personalities to emerge from Leonardo's studio.
According to Giorgio Vasari, he was of an aristocratic family and
was born in Milan.
His major painting
of the 1490s is the Resurrection (painted with fellow da Vinci pupil
Marco d'Oggiono and now in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin). A
Leonardesque Madonna and Child in the Museo Poldi Pezzoli of Milan,
is one of the high points of the Lombard Quattrocento.
often in profile, and his half-length renderings of the Madonna and
Child are Leonardesque in conception, though the clean hard edges of
his outlines lack Leonardo's sfumato.
In Bologna, where
he remained in 1500-1502, he found sympathetic patrons in the Casio
family, of whom he painted several portraits and for whom he
produced his masterwork, the Pala Casio for the Church of the
Misericordia (Louvre Museum); it depicts a Madonna and Child with
John the Baptist and Saint Sebastian and two Kneeling Donors,
Giacomo Marchione de' Pandolfi da Casio and his son, the Bolognese
poet Girolamo Casio, who mentioned Boltraffio in some of his
sonnets. Boltraffio's portrait of Girolamo Casio is at the
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan.