Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo

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Savoldo, Giovanni Girolamo


Born circa 1480, in Brescia; died there after 1548. Italian painter of the Brescian school of the High Renaissance.

Savoldo developed under the influence of Giorgione and Titian. His religious compositions (Adoration of the Shepherds, 1540, the Church of San Giobbe, Venice) depict common people, and the chiaroscuro modeling of forms is suffused with energy. His portraits have a clarity of composition and an intimate quality.


Zharnovskii, I. “Savol’do.” Ezhegodnik Rossiiskogo instituta istorii iskusstv, 1921, vol. 1, issue 2, pages 225–38.
Boschetto, A. Giovan Gerolamo Savoldo. Milan, 1963.
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The room to the left of the statue, Gallery 22, houses 16th-century paintings from North Italy, including "Elijah Fed by Ravens," an oil by Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo. In addition to their traditional devotion to Mary, the Carmelites considered themselves sons and daughters of the Old Testament prophet Elijah.
Lucretia's pose does have a precedent in Lotto's oeuvre, however - not among his portraits of ladies but among the men, in the Portrait of a Man signed and dated in the mid-1520s [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 5 OMITTED].(25) Even closer to Lucretia is the Man in Armor by Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo, painted circa 1527-1530 [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 6 OMITTED].(26) So Lucretia's posture is masculine, and contemporary viewers surely recognized it as such.