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Domenico Beccafumi

 

 

Domenico Beccafumi

(b Cortine in Valdibiana Montaperti, 1484; d Siena, between Jan and May 1551).

Italian painter, sculptor, draughtsman, printmaker and illuminator. He was one of the protagonists, perhaps even the most precocious, of Tuscan Mannerism, which he practised with a strong sense of his Sienese artistic background but at the same time with an awareness of contemporary developments in Florence and Rome. He responded to the new demand for feeling and fantasy while retaining the formal language of the early 16th century. None of Beccafumi’s works is signed or dated, but his highly personal maniera has facilitated almost unanimous agreement regarding the definition of his corpus and the principal areas of influence on it. However, some questions concerning the circumstances of his early career and the choices available to him remain unanswered. The more extreme forms of Beccafumi’s reckless experimentation underwent a critical reappraisal only in the later 20th century. 

 


Moses and the Golden Calf

1536-37
Oil on wood, 197 x 139 cm
Duomo, Pisa

 
 

 


Tanaquil

1519
Oil on wood, 92 x 53 cm
National Gallery, London


 


St Lucy

1521
Oil on wood
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena



 

The Holy Family with Young Saint John

1523-24
Oil on panel, diameter 86 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid



 

The Holy Family with Young Saint John

around 1530
Oil on panel, diameter 84 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence



 

Fall of the Rebel Angels

c. 1524
Oil on wood, 347 x 227 cm
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena



 

Fall of the Rebel Angels

c. 1528
Oil on wood, 347 x 225 cm
San Niccolo al Carmine, Siena
 

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