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San Sebastian

Giacomo Raibolini

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Son of the most famous Francesco, Giacomo Francia participated at an early age in his father's workshop with his younger brother Giulio. He is therefore an artist who belongs to Bolognese and Emilian Mannerism, capable of works that are captivating yet robust, with bright colors, confident contours, and lavish appearances. For example, the solidity of this Saint Sebastian recalls the resounding physicality of Christ at the Column by Bramante, a famous panel currently hosted by the Pinacoteca di Brera. Note the physical prestige of the saint and his imperturbable gaze. He is a beautiful and almost heroic figure standing in front of a landscape, and on the left church or a temple seems to reveal itself behind a Giorgionesque tree. Giacomo Francia is therefore a gifted painter, continuing his father’s activity thanks to a copious and convincing opus.

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