(b Mantua, 1520; d Mantua, 15 Dec 1582). Italian engraver and damascener, active in Flanders, France and Italy. His teacher was probably Giovanni Battista Scultori (1503–75), after whose designs and in whose style he engraved two Scenes from the Trojan War (see 1985 cat. rais., nos 7 and 8). His six earliest prints, from the early 1540s or before, are after designs by Giulio Romano (?1499–1546). Ghisi is recorded as being with Giovanni Battista Bertani (c. 1516–76) in Rome during the reign of Pope Paul III (1534–49). There he may have met Antoine Lafréry (1512–77), who published four of his engravings during the 1540s, and many others throughout his life.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.