Fra Carnevale

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Portrait in profile, 1470 (Kunsthistorisches Museum)

Fra Carnevale OP (c. 1420-1425 – 1484) was an Italian painter of the Quattrocento, active mainly in Urbino.

He is cited by a number of names including Bartolomeo di Giovanni Corradini, Bartolomeo Coradini and Fra' Carnevale.

He was born in Urbino, and entered the order of Dominicans in 1449 under the name of Fra’ Carnevale or Carnovale. He was a pupil of the Ferrarese painter Antonio Alberti. Farquhar claims he was the teacher of Giovanni Santi. Between 1445-1446, he worked in the studio of Filippo Lippi in Florence. He is cited by Vasari in his Vite as Carnovale da Urbino. He also was an architect for the portals of San Domenico in Urbino.

The Ideal City attributed to Carnevale, in the collection of the Walters Art Museum

The painting known by the name "The Ideal City" - one of three similar styled paintings - very often referred to in books on the theory and history of urban design - and housed at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, USA - is attributed to Fra Carnevale. However, the painting is attributed by others to Francesco di Giorgio Martini, partly due to the latter's greater significance at the Urbino court and because the painting refers to architectural themes he refers to, derived from Leon Battista Alberti's slightly earlier published treatise, in his own architectural treatise.[1]


  1. ^ Christoph Luitpold Frommel, The Architecture of the Italian Renaissance, London, Thames and Hudson, 2007, p.59


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Media related to Fra Carnevale at Wikimedia Commons