Natale Bonifacio Natale Bonifacio de Sebenico (1537/38 in Šibenik – 23 February 1592 in Sibenik) where he was born and died) was a producer of engravings and woodcuts in Rome, where he lived and worked for most of his life. His plates are principally etchings. In 1590, he engraved for a book composed by Domenico Fontana, architect to Pope Sixtus V, concerning the laborious engineering of the moving and erection of the Vatican obelisks.
Bonifacio was born in Šibenik, Croatia to his father Jerome, a native of the noble family of Croatia. Very little is known of the early years of his life. In the 1570s he is documented as traveling to Venice, where he published some maps. From there in 1575 - in conjunction with the opening of the Holy Year - he moved to Rome. Over the next few years he became very famous and popular.
On July 5, 1579 Bonifacio is received into the congregation of St. Jerome of the Illyrians (degli Schiavoni), becoming the guardian on April 10, 1580, a Mayor auditor in 1582 and a Chamberlain in 1583. The next year - due to some errors in the compilation of the accounts - he was forced to repay the damage affecting copper by Christmas of 1586 of two images of St. Jerome for the candles to be offered to the pope on the feast of Candlemas. In 1589 Boniface was second guardian of the Brotherhood, when he had to go back to Šibenik to assist his sick mother, leaving his wife Maddalena in Rome with the children. In 1590, he engraved for a book composed by Domenico Fontana, architect to Pope Sixtus V, concerning the laborious engineering of the moving and erection of the Vatican Obelisk. He died February 23, 1592.
From March to April 2003, an exhibition in the Print Department of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Zagreb, focussed on works by Bonifacio and by another native of Sebenico, Martino Rota, held in Croatian collections.
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