He is said to have trained under Oderisi of Gubbio. In conjunction with that master and Giotto, he was employed by Pope Boniface VIII to illustrate several books, now in the library of the Vatican. Though inferior to Giotto, Dante gives him a higher rank in the Purgatorio (xi. 83). Franco Bolognese was the founder of a school of painters at Bologna, and instructed, amongst others, Vitale da Bologna, Lorenzo, Simone Jacopo, and Cristoforo da Bologna.
- 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. 148.
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