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Benso, Giulio

Pieve di Teco, Liguria, 1592 - Pieve di Teco, Liguria, 1668

On his arrival in Genoa in c. 1605, Benso sought the protection of Gian Carlo Doria, in whose household he found lodgings. On Doria's recommendation, Benso was apprenticed to Giovanni Battista Paggi (1554-c. 1627), whose workshop was one of the largest and most successful in Genoa at the time. Following Paggi's death (1627), he went to Weingarten in Germany; where he began a long collaboration with the priest Gabriel Bucelin (1599-1691) to redecorate the Benedictine Abbey in the town. In the period between 1629 and 1667, Benso sent more than sixty pictures to Bucelin, which well document the artist's stylistic development over this long period. Perhaps his most productive period were the 1630s in Genoa. As one of the city's leading purveyors of large-scale fresco decorations, he ran into open competition with Ansaldo (1584-1638). Work of the two rivals appears side by side in the church of S. Annunziata del Guastato or Vastato, Genoa, where Benso painted the frescoes of the Assumption of the Virgin and the Annunciation on the vaults of the choir and apse and Ansaldo the Assumption of the Virgin in the cupola (Turner, N.: From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International-Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 190).

Artworks (2)

Beheading of St. John the Baptist / A Variant Study for the Same Composition
Wash, Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on yellow paper, First half of the XVII century
Benso, Giulio
Martyrdom of St. Laurence
Wash, Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink on paper, XVII century
Benso, Giulio (Follower of)

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