Innocenzo da Imola

Dates1485 - 1550
BornImola, Italy
DiedBologna, Italy

Sponsored by his hometown of Imola, Innocenzo moved to Bologna in 1506 to train with Francesco Francia, who was admired for his meticulous finish, delicate landscapes, and the quiet feeling that permeated his art. Around 1509 Innocenzo traveled to Florence. After eight years, he returned to Bologna, where he opened his own studio and completed numerous local commissions. He painted frescoes in various churches, revealing his Bolognese training in his color and his Florentine training in form and composition. Influenced by the styles of Leonardo and Raphael, Innocenzo added monumental Roman classicism to his style. By the 1530s he began to pay more attention to color, greatly influencing the Bolognese palette. He concluded his career in the early 1540s with an ambitious three-year project, extensive fresco decorations for the palace of a cardinal.