Pinturicchio

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Name: Bernardino di Betto, called Pinturicchio
Date of Birth: 1454 (Perugia)
Date of Death: 1454 (Siena)
Position: Painter and portraitist, notably gained commissions from Popes Alexander VI, Pius III and various other Italian nobles
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Quirks: Pinturicchio is pronounced "pin-tur-ee-kee-yo' and the nickname means "little painter."
Famous for: Decoration of the Borgia Apartment, profusionn of Madonnas and Virgins, Large-scale decoration of the Piccolomini Library in Siena.


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PINTURICCHIO BIO
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Bernardino di Betto, called Pintoricchio or Pinturicchio (1454–1513) was an Italian painter of the Renaissance. He was an artist of the Umbrian School, members of which include the masters Perugino and Raphael.

He was born in Perugia, the son of Benedetto or Betto di Blagio. He may have trained under lesser known Perugian painters such as Bonfigli and Fiorenzo di Lorenzo. According to Vasari, Pinturicchio was a paid assistant of Perugino.

Pope Alexander Vi commissioned Pinturicchio to decorate the entire six-room suite of the Borgia Apartments, completed between 1492-1498. The result was a coffer of precious and refined decorations, with an abundance of gilt and gold painted accents that reflected lamplight and candlelight to flicker a continuous golden glow on walls and ceilings. The style of the figures was a fusion of international gothic and Hispanic-Moresca design; a legacy to the Valencian origins of the pope. The iconografic program fused the Christian doctrine with the classical pagan mythology then popular in Rome, and among men of the elite and cultured courts across Italy. After 1495, Pinturicchio was recalled to decorate the tower of Castel Sant' Angel, finished in 1497. The work was completely lost due to the destruction of the tower. The cycle showed in six scenes a catalogue of the events of 1495. They were an artistic propaganda interpretation of current papal politics. The scenes, of unique contemporary historical description, comprised numerous portraits of illustrious contemporaries. In 16th the century they were copied for the museum of Paulo Giovio at Como, and were reproduced for the Giovian Series of Portraits in the Uffizi. (content - it.wikipedia article cited from Cristina Acidini, Pintoricchio, in Pittori del Rinascimento, Scala, Firenze 2004, p. 204.



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PINTURICCHIO QUOTES FROM THE BORGIAS
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THE BORGIAS VS. HISTORY
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ON THE BORGIAS... IN HISTORY...
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