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Domenico Beccafumi
 

 

 

Domenico Beccafumi

(b Cortine in Valdibiana Montaperti, 1484; d Siena, between Jan and May 1551).

Italian painter, sculptor, draughtsman, printmaker and illuminator. He was one of the protagonists, perhaps even the most precocious, of Tuscan Mannerism, which he practised with a strong sense of his Sienese artistic background but at the same time with an awareness of contemporary developments in Florence and Rome. He responded to the new demand for feeling and fantasy while retaining the formal language of the early 16th century. None of Beccafumi’s works is signed or dated, but his highly personal maniera has facilitated almost unanimous agreement regarding the definition of his corpus and the principal areas of influence on it. However, some questions concerning the circumstances of his early career and the choices available to him remain unanswered. The more extreme forms of Beccafumi’s reckless experimentation underwent a critical reappraisal only in the later 20th century. 

 
 


Self-portrait
1525-1530

 
 

 


St Paul

c. 1515
Oil on wood, 190 x 150 cm
Museo dell'Opera della Metropolitana, Siena
 


 


Trinity

1513
Oil on wood, 152 x 228 cm
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena



 

Trinity (detail)
1513
Oil on wood
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena



 

Trinity (detail)
1513
Oil on wood
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena



 

Trinity
(detail)
1513
Oil on wood
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena



 

Stigmatization of St Catherine of Siena

c. 1515
Oil on wood, 208 x 156 cm
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena
 

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