Polyptych of Torchiara

Benedetto Bembo1462

Sforzesco Castle

Sforzesco Castle
Milan, Italy

In the centre, the Virgin with Child and angels, from the left, St. Anthony abbot, St. Nicomedes, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Peter the Martyr; in the predella, the Twelve Apostles. The polyptych is in its original frame and was commissioned by Pier Maria Rossi for the chapel of the castle of Torchiara, near Parma. It is dated 1462 and signed by Benedetto Bembo who belonged to a family of painters active in the ducal court between Milan, Pavia and Cremona. The expressive vivacity of the apostles and the almost grotesque realism of the faces testify to the abandonment of late Gothictradition and the influence of Tuscan culture, but more particularly of Ferrara, in the Lombardy area.


  • Title: Polyptych of Torchiara
  • Creator: Benedetto Bembo
  • Date Created: 1462
  • Location: Castello Sforzesco, Pinacoteca, Milan
  • Physical Dimensions: 123 x 229 x 25 cm
  • Provenance: Gift by  Pia Prandoni, 1936
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  • Type: Polyptych
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Civiche Raccolte Artistiche, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
  • External Link: https://pinacoteca.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Tempera on panel transferred on canvas, carved wood frame, painted and gilded.
  • Art Genre: Sacred art
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Original title: Polittico di Torchiara
  • Artist Nationality: Italian
  • Artist Birth Place: Cremona
  • Artist Birth Date: Documented from 1462 to 1493

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