Bernardino di Betto "Pinturicchio"

Pinturicchio
Pinturicchio self portrait
Portrait Title:
Bernardinus Pictoricius Peruginus
"Bernardino, Perugian Painter"

Birth Name: Bernardino di Betto

1451 - 1513

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Place of Birth: Perugia, Italy
Where Pinturicchio Worked: Rome; Perugia; widely throughout the Umbrian region of central Italy. The Della Rovere family employed Pinturicchio to decorate some of the family chapels in the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome.
Type of Art:
Most Famous Artwork: Frescoes in the Borgia Apartments of the present-day Vatican Library; Frescoes in the Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral



Biography of Bernardino di Betto, known as Pinturicchio.

Page Symbol for Artist pagesHe appears to have been the leading artist of the Borgia Papal court.
Apparently he was trained by Perugian painters such as Bonfigli and Fiorenzo de Lorenzo. He was employed by Pope Alexander VI in 1492, after being summoned from Orvieto to decorate six rooms. These rooms are now known as the 'Appartamenti Borgia,' and are located in the Vatican Library section of the old Vatican Palace.
Five of these Vatican Library rooms still retain a series of very famous Pinturicchio frescoes.


Artwork of Pinturicchio
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Pala di Santa Maria de' Fossi
Pala di Santa Maria de' Fossi

called Virgin and Child with Saints, 1495-96, Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, Perugia

Christ Among the Doctors (Pinturicchio)
Christ among the Doctors

c 1500-01, fresco, Baglioni Chapel, Santa Maria Maggiore, Spello
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Disputation of St Catherine

(Detail) Borgia Apartments, the Vatican

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As with Botticelli, Pinturicchio's artwork is very widely dispersed. You can find many of his works in the following museums and churches:

-- Sistine Chapel, Rome (as assistant to Perugino)
-- Vatican Museums, Rome
-- Borgia Apartments (now part of the Vatican Library), Vatican Palace, Rome
-- Santa Maria del Popolo church, Rome
-- Bufalini and San Bernardino Chapels, Santa Maria in Aracoeli Basilica, Rome
-- Santa Cecilia in Trastevere church, Rome
-- Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome
-- Borghese Gallery, Rome
-- Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral, Siena, Italy (where Raphael worked as one of his assistants)
-- Orvieto Cathedral, Orvieto, Italy
-- Baglioni Chapel, Santa Maria Maggiore church, Spello, Italy
-- National Gallery of Umbria, Perugia, Italy
-- Cathedral Museum, Città di Castello, Italy
-- Civic Gallery, San Severino, Italy
-- National Gallery, London
-- Courtauld Institute of Art, London
-- Louvre, Paris
-- Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany
-- Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University, England
-- Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, England
-- Biblioteca and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy
-- Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
-- Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
-- Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
-- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
-- Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
-- Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey
-- Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
-- Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary
-- Ferenc Mora Museum, Szeged, Hungary


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