Giovanni Francesco Surchi
He was also called il Dielai or il Dialai, his father's nickname which derives from the Venetian exclamation of Dio l'ajuti or God help us. Giovanni Francesco, the son of Zanobio, who was a pupil of Dosso Dossi. Orlandi found him facile with figures and grotteschi, and having a predilection for bizarre decoration.
He painted a Nativity at San Giovannino and the convent of the Benedictines in Ferrara. He painted the portrait of Ippolito Riminaldi. He painted frescoes for the Oratorio dell'Annunziata. He painted some medallions with the four evangelists for the church of the Gesu (Jesuits) in Ferrara. This was completed with the help of his pupil, il Bastarolo.
- 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. 54.
- *Girolamo Baruffaldi (1844). Vite de' pittori e scultori ferraresi: con annotazioni, Volume 1. Domenico Taddei, Ferrara. pp. 303–306.
- Baruffaldi, page 305
- Dosso Dossi: Court Painter in Renaissance Ferrara, a full text exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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