Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Andrea d'Assisi

Portrait of a Boy
c.1495 or 1500
oil and tempera on poplar
50 x 36 cm
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany

Andrea d'Assisi (called Andrea di Aloigi or L'Ingegno; 1480 - 1521) was an Italian Renaissance painter. He is a native of Assisi. He was apparently known as l’ Ingegno (the talented or ingenious) in his lifetime: a receipt in the archives of Assisi refers to him as “Ingegno di Maestro Allovisi”.

He is said by biographer Giorgio Vasari to have been a most promising fellow-pupil with Raphael under Perugino, and to have assisted the latter in the Collegio del Cambio at Perugia, at Assisi, and in the Sistine Chapel. Some figures of Moses Leaving to Egypt in the latter have been attributed to him. However, there are no signed or otherwise documented work by L'Ingegno, so any attribution to him remains uncertain. Andrea d'Assisi, Vasari adds, became blind and his career was cut short. The lack of surviving, securely attributed works means that there is a considerable degree of uncertainty about his artistic career.
The sitter was formerly assumed to be the young Raphael.