Girolamo da Treviso

(c. 1498—1544)

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(b Treviso, c. 1498; d Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1544). Italian painter, draughtsman, sculptor and military engineer, active in Italy and England. Sometime between 1529 and 1538 the artist produced, for S Salvatore, Bologna, the Presentation of the Virgin with St Thomas of Canterbury (in situ), which is strongly influenced by the Venetian paintings of Sebastiano del Piombo. This painting, for which there is also a preparatory drawing (Florence, Uffizi), was executed for the English students’ chapel, a commission that probably led to the invitation from King Henry VIII for the artist to work at the English court as a military engineer. While in Britain, he produced the satirical grisaille of the Evangelists Stoning the Pope (London, Hampton Court, Royal Col.), and the anti-papal and anti-imperial drawing of the Triumph of Death over Church and State (sold London, Christie's, 23 June 1970, lot 52). Vasari reported that Girolamo was killed by a cannon shot while the English were besieging Boulogne-sur-Mer.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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