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Raffaellino del Garbo : biography

- 1524

Raffaellino del Garbo (1466 or perhaps 1476 – 1524) was a Florentine painter of the early Renaissance.

His real name was Raffaello Capponi; Del Garbo was a nickname, bestowed upon him seemingly from the graceful nicety (garbo) of his earlier works. He has also been called Raffaello de Florentia, and Raffaello de Carolis or Karli. He was a pupil of Filippino Lippi, with whom he remained till 1490, if not later. He accompanied Filippino to Rome, where he painted the ceiling of the chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas (Caraffa Chapel) in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.

Among his works are a Resurrection, originally for the church of the Benedictine monastery of Monte Oliveto, now in the Accademia. He painted a Miracle of the Loaves in the refectory of the convent at Cesto. A Coronation of the Virgin is in the Louvre museum. A Madonna and child with Saints and donors was previously at the Berlin Museum. Another picture painted in the early part of his life is in the monastery of San Salvi, and is highly commended by Moreni in his Notizie istoriclie dei Contorni di Firenze. He painted a ‘‘Virgin and Child between SS. Francis and Zenobius and two kneeling patrons, which is (1500, and is in the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, in Florence. He married and had a large family. The cares of a large family eventually proved fatal to the growing reputation of Capponi, causing him to sink into a state of listlessness and apathy. He is said to have died at Florence in great poverty in 1524.

The young Bronzino was his pupil.

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