|Dates||1529 - 1592|
In Italian, Bartolomeo Passarotti's last name means "little sparrow." His many works signed with a drawing of the little bird prove the existence of his thriving workshop in Bologna. Documented in Rome in 1551, Passarotti worked with an architect and then with Taddeo Zuccaro. Returning to Bologna around 1560, Passarotti established a museum for his small antiquities, which became a must-see for travelers passing through Bologna. He maintained his links to Rome as a portraitist of popes and cardinals, along with local people. Following
Praised by early biographers as a draftsman and engraver, Passarotti employed a distinctive cross-hatching. His anatomical interest in powerful, acrobatic figures, dramatically evident in his drawings, probably derived from Pellegrino Tibaldi's Bolognese works.