Agostino Bonisoli

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Agostino Bonisoli (1633–1700) was an Italian painter of the Baroque period, who was born and worked mainly in Cremona. He was the pupil of the slightly older painter Giovanni Battista Tortiroli, and afterward studied under a relation named Luigi Miradoro Agostino Bonisoli. He was more indebted to his own natural abilities and his studies of the works of Paolo Veronese than either his instructors. He was chiefly employed in easel pictures of portraits, and of religious and historical subjects. His largest work was painted in the Church of San Francesco, Cremona, depicting a dispute between St Anthony and the tyrant Ezzelino[1][2]

1695 work by Agostino Bonisoli, with Charles Borromeo (left) and Louis Gonzaga.


  1. ^ Bryan, Michael (1886). Robert Edmund Graves, ed. Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical (Volume I A-K). York St. #4, Covent Garden, London; Original from Fogg Library, Digitized May 18, 2007: George Bell and Sons. page 155. [1]
  2. ^ Farquhar, Maria (1855). Ralph Nicholson Wornum, ed. Biographical catalogue of the principal Italian painters. Woodfall & Kinder, Angel Court, Skinner Street, London; Digitized by Googlebooks from Oxford University copy on Jun 27, 2006. p. 29.