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Dosso Dossi

Late Renaissance Ferrarese Master

Dossi's Melissa (Circe), Galleria Borghese

Dosso Dossi (Giovanni di Lutero, c. 1490–1542) not only chose a cool name, but was one of the great late-Renaissance Ferrarese painters, influenced by the romanticism and rich colours of the Venetians Giorgione and Titian. Trained by Lorenzo Costa, Dossi was equally at home in many genres, but excelled in landscapes and mythological subjects that renewed the spirit of magic and fantasy that characterized the earlier Ferrara school; all his best works are outside Emilia-Romagna, though one example can be seen in Modena Cathedral.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: PD Art