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Amico Aspertini


Generosity of Scipio

Abduction of the Sabine Women

Adoration of the Shepherds

St Cassiano

Heroic Head

Legend of Sts Cecilia and Valerian, Scene 5

Legend of Sts Cecilia and Valerian, Scene 6

Portrait of Tommaso Raimondi

Female Saint Holding a Book

 Drawing - The Expulsion From Paradise by Amico Aspertini

The Expulsion From Paradise

 Drawing - Nude Male Figure Seated On The Ground by Amico Aspertini

Nude Male Figure Seated On The Ground

 Drawing - Bacchanalian Scene by Amico Aspertini

Bacchanalian Scene

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Generosity of Scipio

Amico Aspertini

Amico Aspertini (c. 1474 – 1552) is an Italian Renaissance painter whose complex, eccentric, and eclectic style anticipates Mannerism. He is considered one of the leading exponents of the Bolognese School of painting. He was born in Bologna to a family of painters (Guido Aspertini and Giovanni Antonio Aspertini, his father), and studied under masters such as Lorenzo Costa and Francesco Francia. He is briefly documented in Rome between 1500–1503, returning to Bologna and painting in a style influenced by Pinturicchio. In Bologna in 1504, he joined Francia and Costa in painting frescoes for the Oratory of Santa Cecilia next to San Giacomo Maggiore, a work commissioned by Giovanni II Bentivoglio.

In 1507-09, he painted a fresco cycle in San Frediano in Lucca. Asperini painted in 1508-1509 the splendid frescoes in the Chapel of the Cross in the Basilica di San Frediano in Lucca. Aspertini was also one of two artists chosen to decorate a triumphal arch for the entry into Bologna of Pope Clement VII and Emperor Charles V in 1529.

He died in Bologna.

Giorgio Vasari describes Aspertini as having an eccentric personality, who, half-insane, worked so rapidly with both hands that chiaroscuro was split, chiaro in one hand, scuro in the other. He quotes Aspertini as complaining that all other Bolognese colleagues were copying Raphael. Aspertini also painted façade decorations (all lost), and altarpieces, many of which are often eccentric and charged in expression. For example, his Bolognese Pieta appears to occur in an other-worldy electric sky.

Anthology of works

Adoration of the Shepherds - Staatliche Museen, Berlin
Adoration of the Shepherds (1515) - Uffizi, Florence[1]
Domus Aurea
Frescoes, Oratorio di Santa Cecilia, Bologna
San Frediano, Lucca
San Michele in Bosco, Bologna
Pieta with Saint Mark, Ambrose, John the Evangelist, and Anthony Abbot (1519) - San Petronio, Bologna)[2]
Saint Sebastian[3]
Battle of the Amazons (Italy)
San Giacomo Maggiore
Profile of Hero (1496) - Christian Museum, Esztergom[4]
Madonna Enthroned with Saints, (c. 1515) - San Martino, Bologna
Holy Family with Saints (after 1530) - Saint Nicolas aus Champs, Paris


Francis P. Smyth and John P. O'Neill (Editors in Chief) (1986). National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, ed. The Age of Correggio and the Carracci: Emilian Painting of the 16th and 17th Centuries. pp. 56–61.
Freedberg, Sydney J. (1993). Pelican History of Art, ed. Painting in Italy, 1500-1600. Penguin Books Ltd. pp. 404–409.


"Adoration of the Shepherds by ASPERTINI, Amico". Wga.hu. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
"Amico Aspertini, Pietà". Italicon.it. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
"Saint Sebastian". Nga.gov. 1961-01-09. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
"Heroic Head by ASPERTINI, Amico". Wga.hu. Retrieved 2012-02-18.

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