The High Renaissance



Dosso Dossi


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.


Madonna and Child

c. 1525
Oil on canvas
Galleria Borghese, Rome



Santa Lucrezia


Sts John and Bartholomew with Donors

Oil on panel, 248 x 162 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome


Jupiter, Mercury and the Virtue

Oil on canvas, 111,3 x 150 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna



Oil on canvas, 68,5 x 64 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg


Portrait of a Warrior

Oil on canvas, 86 x 70 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

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