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Modern scholarship locates Dosso Dossi's birth around 1486 in the province of Mirandola, near Mantua. His actual name was Giovanni Francesco di Luteri. He is first documented as having carried out a large picture commission in 1512. Scholars have suggested that he lived in Venice for some years, before eventually settling in the Emilian town of Ferrara in 1513. Apart from working trips that took him to Venice, Moderna, Mantua, Pesaro, Trent and probably also Rome, Dossi stayed in Ferrara until his death in 1542.
Dossi worked almost exclusively in Ferrara and while the court of Duke Alfonso was an extraordinarily refined and intellectually exciting place, it was also comparatively small and insular. He spent considerable time learning from other artists, including Titian. There are no known drawings by Dossi; it seems he worked out the images as he painted. His use of color was magnificent; it also was worked out directly on the picture's surface.
Written and compiled by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.
The Courtly Art of Dosso Dossi by Andree Hayum in Art in America, May 1999
A Portrait of Talent Obscured, an Art Review by Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times, Wednesday, April 28, 1999.