By Anne Leader

Italian painter Benedetto Diana died on 9 February 1525. He was about 65. He spent his entire career in Venice and is highly regarded for his luminous colors. Not much is known about his life, making it difficult to date his work with certainty. He does seem to have known and been influenced by painters like Antonello da Messina (c. 1430-1479), Alvise Vivarini (ca. 1442-1505), and Cima da Conegliano (ca. 1459-1518). Diana collaborated in 1505 with Lazzaro Bastiani (act. 1449-1512) on three large standards for San Marco and may have been his student.

Reference: Francis L. Richardson. “Diana, Benedetto.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. .

Pietà, Oil on canvas, Museo Correr, Venice

Salvator Mundi, ca. 1510-20. Oil on panel, National Gallery, London

Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints, c. 1515. Panel, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

Miracle of the Relic of the Holy Cross, 1505-10, Tempera on canvas, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

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