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Giovanni Cariani a Crema: un documento inedito del 1519

Gabriele Cavallini
Arte Lombarda
Nuova serie, No. 146/148 (1-3), 50 anni (2006), pp. 127-130
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43133218
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Abstract

Important painters from outside Crema were present in the town at the beginning of the sixteenth century, including Giovanni Cariani, a painter from Bergamo trained in Venice. His brief career in Crema is clarified in an unpublished document of 1519. It is a contract drawn up between the painter and the Ospedale di Santa Maria Stella for an Adoration of the Shepherds for the church of Santo Spirito e Santa Maddalena. The painting, with an attribution to Cariani, was already noted as being in the church by Marcantonio Michiel (ca. 1530). The document examined here confirms the attribution and the original location. The Adoration in question should not be confused with the work of the same subject now housed in the Brera (dismantled into three canvases): unfortunately, however, the painting is lost, and only a photograph remains. Thanks to the document of 1519, the following can be reconstructed: its patronage, the relations Cariani enjoyed with the nobility of Crema and a few dates for his activity in the city. Among his patrons, in the name of the hospital, there is Ottaviano Vimercati, an important figure in Crema at the time and a great patron of the arts. His role in building the church of the Maddalena (to be attributed to Agostino de Fondulis) is fundamental, as it also was for the arrival of Giovanni Cariani in the city.

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