Ercole de' Roberti

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Ercole de' Roberti

(ārkô`lā dā rōbĕr`tē), 1456?–1496, Italian painter of the Ferrarese school. He probably began his career by assisting Francesco Cossa in the decoration of the Schifanoia Palace, Ferrara. A large altarpiece in the Brera, Milan, is the most certain work by Ercole. Other paintings ascribed to him reveal a style ranging from a nervous sensitivity to a dynamic intensity. Paintings attributed to him are in the Cook Collection, Richmond, Va.; the Museum of Art, Philadelphia ; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the National Gallery, London; and at Liverpool, Berlin, and Dresden.
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Despite their cruelties, under Estense patronage, Ferraro became one of the wealthiest cities in Italy and illustrious local artists (Francesco del Cossa, Ercole de'Roberti, Cosme Tura) established the Ferrara School of painting.