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Lorenzo Costa

 

 
 
Lorenzo Costa

born c. 1460, Ferrara, Duchy of Ferrara [Italy]
died March 5, 1535, Mantua, Duchy of Mantua [Italy]

Painter of the school of Ferrara-Bologna, notable as one of the first Ferrarese artists to adopt a soft, atmospheric style of painting.
Costa was trained at Ferrara, probably under Cosme Tura, who was the first important native-born Ferrarese painter. From at least 1485 he worked at Bologna in close connection with Francia, the major Bolognese artist of the period, who led him to soften his style and eliminate his native robustness. His best works are several altarpieces in the churches of Bologna.
In 1506, soon after the expulsion of the ruling Bentivoglio family from Bologna, he was summoned as court painter to Mantua to succeed Andrea Mantegna. He had already painted (1504–06) one elaborate allegory for the Marchesa of Mantua. He spent his last years in the service of the Gonzagas, doing religious and historical pictures.
                 
       


Portrait of a Woman

1500-06
Oil and tempera on canvas, 57 x 44 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

 
 

 
 


St Sebastian

1490-91
Tempera on wood, 55 x 49 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
 

 

St Cecily's Charity

1505-06
Fresco
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna


 

Conversion of St Valerian

1505-06
Fresco
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna


 

Vision of the Apocalypse

1490s
Fresco
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna
 
 

The Triumph of Death

1490
Fresco
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna
 
 

   
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