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Attributed to Giovanni Ambrogio Bevilacqua
15th-century Milanese Lombard VS Painting
(Milan (?), Italy, circa 1460 – 1516)

If not a significant agent in the development of Milanese painting, Bevilacqua does epitomize the complicated situation of that school at the close of the 15th century. On the one hand, through appropriations from more innovative compatriots like Foppa and Bergognone, his style reflects a wide range of progressive elements, from the leading painter in North Italy, Mantegna, to early Netherlandish painting. On the other, these appropriations are subsumed by the school’s traditional concerns with rich decoration and material splendor, and there is no sign of the influence of long-time resident Leonardo da Vinci. Praised by the early chroniclers of Milanese painting, Bevilacqua was nearly forgotten until his rediscovery as a coherent personality in recent decades.

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