Sodoma (1477-1549) (Giovan Antonio Bazzi)

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Giovan Antonio Bazzi, named Sodoma, Italian painter, was born in Vercelli in 1477 and died in Siena in 1549. The pupil of G.M.Spanzotti, he became very quickly the imitator of Leonardo: Amore e castita' (Paris, Louvre); Giuditta (Siena, Pin.); Madonna e Santi (Turin, Pin.). Being in Siena in 1501 he was influenced by Pinturicchio and Perugino: Storie di Cristo e Maria (Pienza, church Sant'Anna in Camprena); Storie di San Benedetto (Monte Oliveto Maggiore).

In 1508 Sodoma was invited to Rome to fresco the Stanza della Segnatura in Vatican, where he met Raphael and was influenced by him as well: Storie di Alessandro, frescoes in the bedroom of Agostino Chigi alla Farnesina (1516-1518, Rome). When in 1518 the artist returned to Siena for the decoration of the oratory of San Bernardino, the impulse given by Raphael was reflected there. The works of this period are characterized by the mannerism and pathos: San Sebastiano (Florence, Pitti); Storie di Santa Caterina (1526) (Siena, San Domenico); Adorazione dei Magi (Siena, Sant'Agostino); Sacra Conversazione (1542, Pisa, Mus. Naz. di San Matteo). The art of Sodoma influenced a great deal the Siena artists and D.Beccafumi in particular.

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