Pinturicchio (1454-1513) (Bernardino di Betto)

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Bernardino di Bette, named Pinturicchio, Italian painter, was born in Perugia in 1454 and died in Siena in 1513. He was a pupil of B.Caporali, and knew Verrocchio and, most of all, Perugino, with who collaborated in Perugia: Storie di San Bernardino (1473) (Perugia, Gall.Naz.), as well as in Rome: decoration of the Sistine Chapel (1481-1483). During the following years he worked independently from Perugino in Rome, Perugia, Spoleto and Orvieto. Being in Rome, he decorated Palazzo della Rovere, named Palazzo dei Penitenzieri; and the churches Ara Coeli (Cappella Bufalini); Santa Maria del Popolo (Cappella di San Gerolamo (1488); Cappella di Santa Caterina (1489), and Cappella Cybo).

The most important Roman work of Pinturicchio is decoration of Appartamento Borgia (1492-1494), executed in collaboration with other numerous artists. The frescoes of the Cappella Eroli in Duomo of Spoleto are dated 1497. In 1501 the artist was nominated a Prior of Perugia; in 1503 together with Caporali was executed Incoronazione della Vergine (Vatican, Pin.). In 1506 Pinturicchio settled definitely in Siena, realizing in the Libreria Picolomini Storie di Pio II, the series, ordered in 1502, initiated in 1503 in collaboration with Raphael, and finished in 1508, which is one of the most important profane cycles of the Renaissance. Already during his life Pinturicchio was renown and had a big success, thanks to his sense of decor and simple narrative capacity.

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