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Antoniazzo Romano

Artistic period 1451 to 1500




Antoniazzo Romano, actually Antonio di Benedetto Aquilio degli Aquili (* 1430; † 1508 or 1512), was an Italian painter of the Renaissance. He is regarded as one of the most important representatives of the "Roman school" of the early Renaissance.

At the beginning of his career Antoniazzo was influenced by Fra Angelico, Benozzo Gozzoli, but especially by Piero della Francesca and Melozzo da Forlì.

The first works were the Madonna del Latte (1464) in Rieti and a triptych for the church of San Francesco in Subiaco (1467).

Between 1464 and 1465 Antoniazzo worked with Melozzo da Forlì on the frescoes of the Bessarion Chapel in the Basilica of Santi XII Apostoli in Rome:

With Domenico Ghirlandaio and later with Melozzo da Forlì he worked in the Vatican Palace in 1475.

Together with Perugino he worked in the Sistine Chapel.

Around 1483 the frescoes in the presbytery of the church San Giovanni Evangelista in Tivoli were created.

One of Antoniazzo Romano's most famous works is the altarpiece Cardinal Torquemada presents the Wise Girl of the Madonna in the Cappella dell'Annunziata of the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva (1500):

Antoniazzo Romano and his disciples are attributed the frescoes Crucifixion, Annunciation, Saints Onofrio and Girolamo, Saint Augustine, Descent from the Cross, John the Baptist and other saints in the Chamber of Saint Catherine in the Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome:

Other works in Rome are St. Anne herself third in San Pietro in Montorio, frescoes in the apse of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme and at the ciborium in the Lateran Basilica, as well as the Annunciation in Sant'Onofrio al Gianicolo.