Gaudenzio Ferrari

(c. 1470—1480)

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(b Valduggia, nr. Varallo, c.1470/80; d Milan, 31 Jan. 1546).

Italian painter and sculptor, active over a wide area of Lombardy and his native Piedmont. His early paintings were strongly influenced by Leonardo and his Milanese followers, and throughout his life he remained eclectic, absorbing into his highly charged, emotional style elements from Pordenone and Lotto and also, for example, from the engravings of Dürer. He was prolific and an artist of considerable power and individuality, but his work has remained comparatively little known because much of it is in fairly remote locations. His most remarkable works are the Stations of the Cross (c.1520–6) in a series of chapels at the Sanctuary of Sacro Monte, Varallo; here he combined highly realistic life-size sculptures in painted terracotta with a frescoed background.

Subjects: Art.

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