Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo


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(active 1506–48).

Italian painter, perhaps born in Brescia, first documented in Parma in 1506, and active mainly in Venice. His output was small, his career was fairly undistinguished, and he was virtually forgotten after his death, but he is now regarded as a highly attractive minor master whose work stands somewhat apart from the main Venetian tradition. His forte was night scenes, in which he gave his lyrical sensibility and liking for unusual light effects full play. One of the best-known examples is Mary Magdalen Approaching the Sepulchre, of which several versions exist, one in the National Gallery, London. The writer Pietro Aretino described Savoldo as ‘decrepit’ in 1548 and he is not heard of thereafter.

Subjects: Art.

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