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Francesco Berlinghieri (1440—1500)


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Family of Italian painters active in Lucca during the 13th century. BerlinghieroBerlinghieri (dc.1235) was the founder of the family and had three painter sons, Barone, Bonaventura (dc.1274), and Marco. A painted Crucifix (Mus. Naz. di Villa Guinigi, Lucca) signed ‘Berlingeri’ without Christian name is generally attributed to Berlinghiero, and several other works have been given to him on the basis of it. Bonaventura, evidently the most talented of his sons, is known chiefly for his signed and dated altarpiece of St Francis and Scenes from his Life (1235) in the church of S. Francesco at Pescia. It is one of the earliest pictorial representations of Franciscan ideas, produced only nine years after the saint's death. There are no other signed or documented works by Bonaventura, but several have been attributed to him on stylistic evidence.

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