Antonio BoselliItaly fl. 1496-1536
Madonna and Child 28.0338
A sculptor as well as a painter, Boselli completed many frescoes and altarpieces for churches near his native town of Bergamo. Churches in Renaissance Italy were lavishly and extensively decorated with publicly and privately funded artworks, requiring a steady stream of commissions from local artists and artisans (and, if the patron could afford, imported talent.) Artists such as Boselli were also commissioned to "update" older styled works. Boselli's earliest known painting is a fresco in the church of Ponteranica near Bergamo, which is dated 1495. This undated Madonna and Child displays Boselli's interest in sculptural space and sculptural figures. It may originally have been part of an altarpiece, being one of several variations on the composition that could be requested by patrons.
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