The High Renaissance





(b ?Milan, c. 1465; d Milan, 1530).

Italian painter and architect. He was one of the leading artists in Milan in the early 16th century. His early training as a goldsmith may indicate a relatively late start to his activity as a painter, and none of his work may be dated before 1490. The style of his early work parallels that of such followers of Vincenzo Foppa as Bernardino Butinone, Bernardo Zenale and Giovanni Donato da Montorfano. He assumed the name Bramantino very early in his career, indicating that he was in close contact with Donato Bramante, whose influence is uppermost in his early work. Probably his earliest surviving painting is the Virgin and Child (Boston, MA, Mus. F.A.). It is an adaptation of a type of half-length Virgin with standing Christ Child well known in Milan. The linear emphasis and the dramatic treatment of light are aspects derived from Bramante’s work. Bramantino stressed graphic quality in this picture, and throughout his early work he was considerably influenced by Andrea Mantegna and by the visual aspects of prints. His Risen Christ (Madrid, Mus. Thyssen–Bornemisza) derives from Bramante’s Christ at the Column (c. 1490; Milan, Brera) but has a more precise musculature and a much harder use of line. The conception of the figure set against a rocky background, derived from Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks (versions, London, N.G.; Paris, Louvre), also indicates Bramantino’s persistently eclectic nature.


Madonna del Latte

c. 1490
Oil and tempera on wood, 45,9 x 35,2 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston




c. 1515
Oil on canvas, 372 x 270 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan


Risen Christ
ca. 1490
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid


Adoration of the Magi

c. 1498
Oil on wood, 56,8 x 55 cm
National Gallery, London


Madonna and Child with Two Angels

c. 1508
Detached fresco, 241 x 135 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan


Holy Family

c. 1520
Poplar panel, 61 x 47 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan


Madonna and Child
ca. 1520–30


Noli me Tangere

Civico Museo d'Arte Antica, Castello Sforzesco, Milan

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