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Lorenzo Costa

 

 
 
Lorenzo Costa

born c. 1460, Ferrara, Duchy of Ferrara [Italy]
died March 5, 1535, Mantua, Duchy of Mantua [Italy]

Painter of the school of Ferrara-Bologna, notable as one of the first Ferrarese artists to adopt a soft, atmospheric style of painting.
Costa was trained at Ferrara, probably under Cosme Tura, who was the first important native-born Ferrarese painter. From at least 1485 he worked at Bologna in close connection with Francia, the major Bolognese artist of the period, who led him to soften his style and eliminate his native robustness. His best works are several altarpieces in the churches of Bologna.
In 1506, soon after the expulsion of the ruling Bentivoglio family from Bologna, he was summoned as court painter to Mantua to succeed Andrea Mantegna. He had already painted (1504–06) one elaborate allegory for the Marchesa of Mantua. He spent his last years in the service of the Gonzagas, doing religious and historical pictures.
  
                 


Portrait of a Lady with a Lap-dog

c. 1500
Oil on panel, 45,5 x 35,1 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor

 
 

 
 


Concert

1485-95
Oil on wood, 95,3 x 75,6 cm
National Gallery, London
 

 

Court of Isabella d'Este

after 1505
Oil on canvas, 164 x 197 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris
 

Madonna and Saints

1492
Panel
S. Petronio, Bologna
 

Madonna and Saints
(detail)
1492
Panel
S. Petronio, Bologna
 
   

Nativity

Tempera on wood
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lyon
 

 


The Reign of Comus
(begun by Mantegna, most work done by Costa after Mantegna's death)
Musee du Louvre, Paris
 

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