Dosso's Fate

Dosso's Fate: Painting and Court Culture in Renaissance Italy

Edited by Luisa Ciammitti, Steven F. Ostrow, and Salvatore Settis


432 pages

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Dosso Dossi has long been considered one of Renaissance Italy’s most intriguing artists. Although a wealth of documents chronicles his life, he remains an enigma and his art continues to be as elusive as it is compelling.

In Dosso’s Fate, leading scholars from a wide range of disciplines examine the social, intellectual, and historical contexts of his art, focusing on the development of new genres of painting, questions of style and chronology, the influence of courtly culture, and the work of his collaborators, as well as his visual and literary sources and his painting techniques. The result is an important and original contribution not only to the literature of Dosso Dossi but also to the study of cultural history in early modern Italy.

This volume evolved from two symposia organized by the Getty Research Institute in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum, Soprintendenza per i Beni Artistici e Storici, Bologna, and Provincia Autonoma di Trento.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction, Steven F. Ostrow Part I: Problems in Interpretation
  • Correggio in Mantua and San Benedetto Po, Giovanni Romano
  • Genre Scenes by Dosso and Giorgione, Michel Hochmann
  • Dosso as a Storyteller: Reflections on His Mythological Paintings, Luisa Ciammitti
  • Painting A Calce and Sprezzatura in the 1530s: A Technical Context for Dosso, Vincenzo Gheroldi Part II: Dosso’s Career: Chronology, Sources, and Style
  • Dosso Dossi, Benvenuto da Garofalo, and the Costabili Polyptych in Ferrara, Adriano Franceschini
  • Dosso versus Leonbruno, Andrea De Marchi
  • Dates, Dates, and Dosso: Some Problems of Chronology, Jane Bridgeman
  • Two Moments in Dosso’s Career as a Landscape Painter, Peter Humfrey
  • Dosso Dossi and the Role of Prints in North Italy, Andrea Bayer
  • On Dosso Dossi at Pesaro, Craig Hugh Smyth
  • Battista Dossi and Sebastiano Filippi, Mauro Lucco Part III: Court Culture int he Age of Dosso
  • Music in Ferrara and Manuta at the Time of Dosso Dossi: Interrelations and Influences, William F. Prizer
  • Humanistic Culture and Literary invention in Ferrara at the Time of the Dossi, Luca D’Ascia
  • Science, Cosmology, and Religion in Ferrara, 1520–1550, Franco Bacchelli Part IV: Collecting Dosso
  • From Ercole I to Alfonso I: New Discoveries about the Camerini in the Castello Estense of Ferrara, Jadranka Bentini
  • The Dossi in Modena in the Seventeenth Century, Albano Biondi
  • Collecting Dosso: The Trail of Dosso’s Paintings from the Late Sixteenth Century Onward, Burton Frederickson
  • Biographical Notes on the Contributors
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

About the Authors

Luisa Ciammitti is curator at the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna.

Steven F. Ostrow is associate professor of art history at the University of California, Riverside.

Salvatore Settis is former director of the Getty Research Institute and professor of classical art and architecture at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.