Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli

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Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli, Allegorical Portrait of Parma Embracing Alessandro Farnese, Galleria Nazionale di Parma.

Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli (c. 1500–1569) was an Italian painter active in the Mannerist style.

Biography[edit]

Bedoli was born in Parma in a family coming from Viadana in Lombardy. He was a near contemporary of Parmigianino, and after the early death of the latter master, he completed some frescoes initially commissioned from Parmigianino. For example, he completed works in the apse of Santa Maria della Steccata.[1] He is known to have worked in the studio of the Parmigianino's uncles in the city of Parma. He married the daughter of Pier Ilaro Mazzola, a cousin of Parmigianino, hence he added to his name the better known Mazzola appellation.

He painted along with his father in law the Immaculate Conception for the Oratorio della Concezione (now in Parma Gallery). Freedberg describes him in his masterpiece of the Annunciation as resembling Parmigianino in the same way Bronzino reflected the elder Pontormo, equal in skill and refinement, but lacking the original abstracting poetry of the image. Bedoli's works are equal in polish, but stony in feeling. He produced murals, portraits, designed tombs, and altarpieces — the diverse uses probably trained him best as a decorative artist. His son, Alessandro Mazzola (painter) (1533–1608), was an undistinguished painter.

Selected works[edit]

Most of Bedoli's works are not signed. Many works are attributed to him based on style, but often these attributions are disputed. Among the works attributed to Bedoli are the following:

Image Name Medium Current Location
Adoration of the Kings.jpg Adoration of the Kings [2] oil on canvas Italy - Parma - Galleria nazionale
Bedoli Parma AdorationShepherds.jpg Adoration of the Shepherds with Saint Benedict [3] oil on panel France - Paris - Louvre
Alessandro Farnese1.jpg Allegorical Portrait of Parma Embracing Alessandro Farnese oil Italy - Parma - Galleria nazionale
Allegory of the Immaculate Conception
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drawing France - Paris - Louvre
Annunciation
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oil on canvas Italy - Naples - Museo di Capodimonte
Bacchus
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drawing England - Cambridge - Fitzwilliam Museum
Cristo en el Juicio Final Duomo Parma.jpg Christ as Judge on the Last Day [4] fresco Italy - Parma - Cathedral
Conversion of Saint Paul
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oil on canvas Italy - Mantua - Palazzo Ducale
Female Caryatid
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drawing England - Cambridge - Fitzwilliam Museum
Head of a Woman
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drawing England - Cambridge - Fitzwilliam Museum
Mazzola Bedoli Sagrada Familia MFA Budapest.jpg Holy Family [5] oil on panel Hungary - Budapest - Museum of Fine Arts
Holy Family
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oil on canvas Denmark - Copenhagen - Statens Museum for Kunst
Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist and an Angel
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drawing U.S.A. - Massachusetts - Cambridge - Fogg Museum
Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist and Angels
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oil on panel Italy - Naples - Museo di Capodimonte
Holy Family with Saints
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oil on panel Italy - Naples - Museo di Capodimonte
Immaculate Conception Italy - Parma - Cathedral
Infant Jesus and Saint John the Baptist
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oil on panel England - Royal Collection
Infant Jesus and Saint John the Baptist oil unknown (sold 2010 by Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
Martyrdom of Saint John the Evangelist Italy - Mantua - Palazzo Ducale
Meeting of Joachim and Anna at the Golden Gate
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drawing U.S.A. - Illinois - Chicago - Art Institute of Chicago
Mazzola Bedoli Santa Catalina.jpg Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria oil on canvas Italy - Parma - Galleria nazionale
Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria Italy - Parma - Church of San Giovanni Evangelista
Pentecost Italy - Parma - Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Steccata
Portrait of a Boy of the Bracciforte Family
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oil U.S.A. - Rochester - Memorial Art Gallery
Girolamo Bedoli - Portrait of a Musician.jpg Portrait of a Musician [6] oil on panel U.S.A. - Missouri - St. Louis - Saint Louis Art Museum
Portrait of a Tailor
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oil on canvas Italy - Naples - Museo di Capodimonte
Portrait of a Young Man
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oil Austria - Vienna - Kunsthistorisches Museum
Princes Praying
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oil England - Yorkshire - Castle Howard
Putto Seated on a Frame
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drawing U.S.A. - New York - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Saint Clare
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oil on canvas Italy - Naples - Museo di Capodimonte
Saint Mary Magdalene
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oil on panel Italy - Florence - Palazzo Pitti
Saint Thecla
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drawing Italy - Milan - Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Seated Man in a Niche with Violoncello
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drawing Italy - Naples - Museo di Capodimonte
Standing Female Figure and Ornamental Framework
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drawing U.S.A. - New York - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Study for the Virgin in the Steccata Pentecost
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drawing Italy - Milan - Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Virgin and Child
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drawing England - Cambridge - Fitzwilliam Museum
Virgin and Child
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drawing England - Cambridge - Fitzwilliam Museum
Virgen con niño en paisaje.jpg Virgin and Child in Landscape [7] oil on panel U.S.A. - Massachusetts - Cambridge - Fogg Museum
Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist
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oil on canvas Denmark - Copenhagen - Statens Museum for Kunst
Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist and Saint James
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drawing France - Paris - Louvre
Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist, Saint Sebastian and Saint Francis
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oil on panel Germany - Dresden - Gemäldegalerie
Visitation
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oil Italy - Reggio Emilia - Church of Santa Maria della Visitazione

References[edit]

  • Freedberg, Sydney J. (1993). Pelican History of Art, ed. Painting in Italy, 1500-1600. Penguin Books. pp. 416–420. 
  • Francis P. Smyth and John P. O'Neill (Editors in Chief (1986). National Gallery of Art, ed. The Age of Correggio and the Carracci: Emilian Painting of the 16th and 17th Centuries. Washington. p. 65. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ European Paintings:Keith Christiansen (1982) Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) p.39.
  2. ^ atlantedellarteitaliana.it
  3. ^ Joconde
  4. ^ Cathedral of Parma
  5. ^ Web Gallery of Art
  6. ^ Saint Louis Art Museum
  7. ^ Fogg Museum