The High Renaissance




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

Oil on wood, 197 x 139 cm
Duomo, Pisa




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


St Lucy

Oil on wood
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena


The Holy Family with Young Saint John

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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