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Gaudenzio Ferrari - Italian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Gaudenzio Ferrari (1471 - 1546)

Born in Piedmont, Gaudenzio Ferrari spent much of his painting and sculpting career working there and in Lombardy. He was strongly influenced by Leonardo da Vinci and others but managed to retain an individualistic approach to his artwork. Some of his best works are in a series entitled Stations of the Cross, located at the Sanctuary of Sacro Monte in Varallo. His initial pictorial style may be considered as derived mainly from the old Milanese school, which had imbibed the classic influence of Leonardo and pupils such as Bramantino. However, the provincial impetus was also strong, as is demonstrated in his emotive work at the Sacro Monte of Varallo. He executed his most memorable work, a fresco of the Crucifixion (pictured right), with a multitude of figures, no less than twenty-six of them being modelled in actual relief, and colored; on the vaulted ceiling are lamenting angels.

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