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Francesco Francia

 
 
Francesco Francia

(b Bologna, c. 1450; d Bologna, 1517).

He turned to painting c. 1485, and his first works already testify to the considerable technical accomplishment and gentle religious sensibility that remained constants of his art. His major surviving paintings are altarpieces, mostly images of the Virgin and saints, initially done for Bologna and later for nearby centres, notably Parma, Modena, Ferrara and Lucca. He also painted many small-scale devotional works and a few portraits. The apochryphal anecdote reported by Vasari that Francia died on seeing Raphael’s altarpiece of St Cecilia (Bologna, Pin. N.) is emblematic of the change in taste that suddenly made his art—like that of Perugino—look old-fashioned.

 
 


Evangelista Scappi

1500-05
Tempera on wood, 55 x 44 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
 

 
 

 


Madonna and Child with the Infant St John the Baptist

c. 1500
Panel, 57 x 43,7 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest


 

 

The Marriage of St Cecily

1504-06
Fresco
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna


 

The Burial of St Cecily

1504-06
Fresco
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna


 

Madonna and Saints

Panel
S. Giacomo Maggiore, Bologna
 
 

   
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