By Adriana Baranello

Domenico di Pace Beccafumi died on 18 May 1551 in Siena. He was born to a peasant farmer, but adopted by Lorenzo Beccafumi when he recognized Domenico’s talent for drawing. Beccafumi, who is also known as Mecherino, probably studied in Florence and Rome, developing by around 1514 the emotional and compositional tension and instability typical of Mannerism.  In the late 1520s he became the official painter of the Sienese Republic. Along with Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, known as Il Sodoma, he is considered the most important Sienese Mannerist.

Reference: Domenico Sanminiatelli, “Beccafumi, Domenico.” Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Enciclopedia Treccani.

Autorittrato, 1525-1530, Oil on canvas, Uffizi, Florence.

Trinity, 1513, Oil on wood, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena.

Madonna with the Infant Christ and St John the Baptist, c. 1540, Oil on panel, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Rome.

View of the Oratory, 1520s, Fresco, Oratory of San Bernardino, Siena.

Tanaquil, 1519, Oil on wood, National Gallery, London.

Penelope, c. 1514, Oil on panel, Seminario Patriarcale, Venice.

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