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Franco dei Russi  

active:about 1453 - about 1582 Ferrara, the Veneto, and Urbino
Illuminator
Italian

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Franco dei Russi first appeared in records in 1455, where he is listed as working on a sumptuous bible for Borso d'Este of Ferrara. The records refer to him as "Franco da Mantova" which may indicate that he was originally from Mantua. His work during his years in Ferrara reveal an interest in large-scale figures with weighty draperies, tempered by a courtliness and attention to detail. In the early 1460s, Franco moved to the Veneto, where he worked until 1471 or 1472. The illuminations he produced while in the Veneto are characterized by a crispness of form and more saturated colors perhaps showing the influence of the artist Andrea Mantegna. By the 1470s, Franco had moved to Urbino, where he worked for the illustrious Federigo II da Montefeltro.


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Saint Louis / Franco dei Russi
Saint Louis

Italian, about 1453

Isaac and Esau / Franco dei Russi
Isaac and Esau

Italian, about 1455

David Lifting Soul / Franco dei Russi
David Lifting Soul

Italian, about 1455

Adoration of Magi / dei Russi
Adoration of Magi

Italian, 1470s