Bartolomeo Biscaino

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Samson and Delilah by Bartolomeo Biscaino, 1657

Bartolomeo Biscaino (1632–1657) was an Italian painter of the Baroque period, active in his native Genoa. He was the son, and pupil, of Giovanni Andrea Biscaino. He afterwards became a pupil of Valerio Castelli. His career was cut short by the plague which visited Genoa, and to which his father and himself fell victims. The Dresden gallery once held three paintings, representing Woman taken in adultery, Adoration by Magi, and Circumcision of Christ.

He etched several plates, in a style, recalling Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, including:

  • Moses in bulrushes
  • Susannah and the Elders
  • Nativity with Angels
  • The Circumcision
  • The Magi’s offering
  • Herodias with head of St. John
  • Virgin and infant with Angels
  • Virgin suckling infant, with St. Joseph
  • Virgin suckling infant with St. Joseph. St. John with his lamb
  • Virgin adoring infant
  • The Virgin with innfant Jesus on her knee, St. John kissing his foot and St. Joseph behind
  • Virgin with infant Jesus standing on her knee, stretching out His arm to St. Joseph; half-length The Holy Family, with St. John holding a cross
  • Repose in Egypt with Angels
  • Infant Jesus reposing on the globe
  • St. Joseph with the Infant
  • St. Christopher giving hand to Infant Jesus
  • St. Christopher with Infant Jesus
  • Mary Magdalene in desert (1656).


  • Soprani, Raffaello (1674). Carlo Giuseppe Ratti, ed. Le Vite de Pittori, Scoltori et Architetti Genovesi. Giuseppe Bottaro e Gio Battista Tiboldi Compagni. pp. 231–236. 
  • Soprani and Ratti (editor), Vite, 2nd Edition, Genoa, 1768. Pages 339-350.
  • Camillo Manzitti, "Per Bartolomeo Biscaino", in "Paragone", n. 253, Marzo 1971
  • Valerio Castello 1624-1659 Genio Moderno, catalogo della mostra a cura di Marzia Cataldi Gallo, Luca Leoncini, Camillo Manzitti, Daniele Sanguineti, Ginevra-Milano, 2008.
  • 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. p. 130. 

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