Giovanni del Giglio
|Giovanni del Giglio|
|Born||end of the fifteenth century
Giovanni del Giglio (late fifteenth century – 1557) was an Italian painter known as the Maestro di Ozieri. He was born and died in Sassari.
The first mention of Giovanni del Giglio might be from 1512, when the monk "Johannes de Liliis" arrived in Sassari to restore the hospital of Santa Croce.[Note 1] On August 7, 1522, del Giglio witnessed the will of Giovanni Fontana, father of the jurist Alessio Fontana, who ordered that his property be used for the altarpiece of Sassari Cathedral.
Del Giglio was the attorney of Archbishop Salvatore Alepus, who commissioned del Giglio's Ploaghe altarpiece. From 1532 to 1543, Giglio was part of the Sassari confraternity. Around 1543, he married Andreuccia Olives, the sister of the jurist Girolamo Olives, and the widow of the tailor Forteleoni de Ginesi. From Olive's previous marriage, he gained a stepdaughter, who was born in 1540. Del Giglio had no other children. This marriage allowed him to convince Girolamo Olives' confidant, the bishop of Alghero, Pedro Vaguer, to give him the commission for the altarpieces of Benetutti and Bortigali between 1549 and 1551. These may have been completed by other painters of his school, possibly Pietro Giovanni Calvano, from Siena.
Del Giglio's style, which had a large influence on painting in Sardinia until the arrival of Baccio Gorini, shows the influence of Raphael and Michelangelo as well as the early Tuscan style of Rosso Fiorentino and Pontormo. His use of color and techniques placed him among the leading Mannerists in Sardenia.
- Despite the similarity of the names, it is difficult to be certain that Giovanni and the monk are the same person because: first, de Liliis was a monk, while del Giglio married; and secondly, the monk is never mentioned as a painter.
- Luigi Agus, Giovanni del Giglio, Pittura e cultura a Sassari nella prima metà del XVI secolo, Arzachena 2006