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Spagna, Lo

SPAGNA, LO (d. -c. 1529), the usual designation (due to his Spanish origin) of the Italian painter Giovanni di Pietro, oneof the chief followers of Perugino. The famous " Sposalizio " marriage of Joseph and Mary in the Caen museum, formerly attributed to Perugino (q.v.), is now credited to Lo Spagna. Nothing whatever is known of his early life, or how he became a member of the Perugian school. There is a marked absence of individuality about his style, which seems like an imitation of the earliest manner of Raphael and that of Pinturicchio in a weaker and less virile form. The chief of his numerous panel paintings are the " Nativity, "in the Vatican, and the " Adoratian of the Magi," at Berlin. In 1510 Lo Spagna executed many frescoes at Todi, and in 1512 several other mural paintings in and near Trevi. His most important works were frescoes at Assisi and Spoleto, of which some exist in good preservation. He received the freedom of the city of Spoleto in 1516, as a. reward for his work there. Lo Spagna's frescoes reach a much higher standard of merit than his panel pictures. The museum of the Capitol in Rome now possesses a very beautiful series of life-sized fresco figures by him, representing Apollo and the:

Nine Muses. Lo Spagna was alive in 1528, but he appears to have died before 1530, as in that year a pupil of his named Doni completed a fresco in S. Jacopo, near Spoleto, which Lo Spagna had begun.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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