Artist Search
   
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 

 Giovanni Antonio (Sodoma) Bazzi  (1477 - 1549)

/ SAH-do-muh/
About
 

Summary

Examples of his work

 
 

Biography*

Exhibits - current  
 

Discussion board

Send me updates

 
    Signature Examples*  
 
Buy and Sell
  For sale ads

Auction results*

 
  Wanted ads Auctions upcoming for him*  
  Dealers Place a classified ad  
 
Lived/Active: Italy      Known for: Religious and historical painting, frescoes

Login for full access
 
View AskART Services









*may require subscription

Available for Giovanni Antonio (Sodoma) Bazzi:

Biographical information (Giovanni Bazzi)

yes

Auction records - upcoming / past (Giovanni Bazzi)

7

Discussion board entries (Giovanni Bazzi)

0

Image examples of works (Giovanni Bazzi)

5

Please send me Alert Updates for Giovanni Antonio (Sodoma) Bazzi (free)
What is an alert list?

Ad Code: 2
AskART Artist
from Auction House Records.
THE HOLY FAMILY WITH THE INFANT BAPTIST IN A LANDSCAPE
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

Il Sodoma, whose byname was Giovanni Antonio Bazzi was born 1477 in Vercelli, duchy of Savoy, Italy, and died February14 or 15,1549, in Siena, Italy. He was an Italian painter whose works reflect the transition from High Renaissance to Mannerist style.

Sodoma was the son of a shoemaker. From 1490 to 1497 he was apprenticed to G.M. Spanzotti, a minor Piedmontese artist, but he was afterward much influenced by Leonardo da Vinci and later by Raphael, who was particularly decisive in determining his mature style.

Sodoma was invited to Siena in 1501, and subsequently spent the bulk of his working life there. From 1503 to 1504 he painted multiple panels of frescoes in the convent of Saint Anna in Camprena, including Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes and scenes from the life of St. Anna. Thereafter he worked on a series of more than two dozen scenes from the life of St. Benedict, a series begun by Luca Signorelli for the Olivetans in the Monte Oliveto Maggiore monastery, near Siena.

In 1508 Sodoma was invited to Rome by the celebrated Sienese banker Agostino Chigi, and was employed by Pope Julius II in the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican. Although Raphael worked on the same ceiling in 1509, he left some of Sodoma's ceiling decoration, including mythological figures and Roman military scenes, intact.

About 1510 Sodoma again utilized mythological figures for ceiling decoration in Via del Casato, a palace belonging to Chigi. One of his most successful frescoes, the Marriage of Alexander and Roxane (c. 1516) in the Villa Farnesina, Rome, is often considered a rival as a decorative achievement to the frescoes by the school of Raphael in the same villa.

Later in his career Sodoma also painted frescoes for San Domenico in Siena, including Vision of St. Catherine of Siena and Execution of Nicoḷ di Tuldo, that were considered some of his best work. That same year he was also commissioned to paint frescoes in the town hall (Palazzo Pubblico) in Siena. Although he continued to paint until his death, much that he produced in his later years is considered unimpressive.

Sodoma had a peculiar gift for suggesting the sensuous beauty of the human form and an exaggerated, almost mystical, emotionalism that anticipates one aspect of the Baroque.

Sodoma gained a wide reputation during his lifetime as a homosexual; the historian Giorgio Vasari, who disliked him, makes the most of the sobriquet Il Sodoma ("the Sodomite"), by which he was known from 1512 onward. It has been claimed that the nickname is likely to have been the result of a joke, but it was adopted by the artist himself and is the name by which he is now generally known.

Source:
"Il Sodoma," Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/552326/Il-Sodoma (Accessed 1/2015)

** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at registrar@AskART.com.
  go to top home | site map | site terms | AskART services & subscriptions | contact | about us
  copyright © 2000-2015 AskART all rights reserved ® AskART and Artists' Bluebook are registered trademarks

  A |  B |  C |  D-E |  F-G |  H |  I-K |  L |  M |  N-P |  Q-R |  S |  T-V |  W-Z  
  art appraisals, art for sale, auction records