Luca Penni


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(b Florence, 1500–04; d Paris, 12 April 1557). Italian painter and designer, active also in France. According to Orlandi, he was a pupil of Raphael (1483–1520) in Rome. In 1528 he assisted his brother-in-law Perino del Vaga (1501–47) in the decoration of the Palazzo Doria, Genoa. He moved to Paris c. 1530 and from 1538 to 1547/8 he worked with Rosso Fiorentino and Primaticcio at Fontainebleau. From c. 1544 he executed designs for engravers, including Léon Davent, Etienne Delaune and Giorgio Ghisi, for example Ghisi's Allegory of Birth (Paris, Bib. N., B.L.L. 26) and Calumny of Apelles (Paris, Bib. N., B.L.L. 27). His designs were widely reproduced by engravers in France, Italy and Flanders.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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