Girolamo da Cremona

Datesactive about 1450 - 1485

Girolamo da Cremona was a manuscript illuminator who worked first in the North Italian courts of Ferrara and Mantua, then in Siena and Florence, and finally in Venice. A dynamic and chameleonlike artist, Girolamo worked on a number of projects with different artists and adapted his style to the different conditions of his commissions.

Girolamo first appears working alongside Taddeo Crivelli and other artists in Ferrara on the magnificent Bible of Borso d'Este, which was executed between 1455 and 1461. His art is most closely related to the Mantuan court painter Andrea Mantegna, who in 1461 seems to have recommended him to complete a missal for Barbara of Brandenburg, the wife of one of Mantegna's patrons, Ludovico Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua.

Around 1468, Girolamo began illuminating choir books in Siena, a project on which he collaborated with Liberale da Verona. He also worked in Florence for a time before ending his career in Venice. By the 1470s, Venice had become a major center of the new technology of printing, and Girolamo worked there, primarily illuminating frontispieces for deluxe versions of early printed books, called incunabules. These miniatures are known for their playful and extravagant trompe-l'oeil conceits.