Bernardino Campi

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Bernadino Campi
Painting by Sofonisba Anguissola depicting Bernadino Campi painting a portrait of Sofonisba Anguissola, c. late 1550's.
Born 1522
Died 18 August 1591
Reggio Emilia
Nationality Italian
Occupation Painter
Madonna in Glory by Bernardino Campi

Bernadino Campi (1522–1591) was a Renaissance painter from Cremona, who worked in Reggio Emilia. He is known as one of the teachers of Sofonisba Anguissola and of Giovanni Battista Trotti (il Malosso). In Cremona, his extended family owned the main artistic studios. Giulio Campi and Antonio Campi, half-brothers, were distant relatives of Bernardino; the latter is generally considered the most talented of the family. All were active and prominent painters locally. Influences on Bernardino's are likely diverse, including those from local Cremonese such as Camillo Boccaccino, to artists from neighboring regions such as Correggio, Parmigianino and Giulio Romano.

He made a number of sets of copies of the Eleven Caesars by Titian, then in the Gonzaga collection, adding one of Domitian, which he based on a work by Giulio Romano. Titian's original were all lost in an 18th-century fire in Madrid.

Bernardino was commissioned by Vespasiano Gonzaga to lead a team of artists including Pietro Martire Pesenti in the interior decoration, including frescoes by Bernardino, of the Palazzo del Giardino in Sabbioneta, near Mantua.

Among his pupils were Giovanni Antonio Morandi (active 1585), Andrea Mainardi, and Pietro Martire Pesenti, both active in the Palazzo of Guastalla.[1]



  • R. Miller, in (I Campi. 500 Years of Cremonese Artistic Culture (I Campi. Cultura artistica cremonese del 500), a cura di M. Gregori, Milan, 1985, pp. 154–170
  • Freedberg, Sydney J. (1993). Painting in Italy, 1500-1600. Penguin Books Ltd. pp. 583 & 590–1. 
  • M. Tanzi, I Campi, Milan, 2005

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