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Giulio Romano

c. 1499-1546 Italy/Mannerism


Brief Biography-Giulio Romano was an artist and architect from Rome who trained in the atelier of Raphael. When Raphael died, he completed a number of his works in the Vatican along with Giovan Francesco Penni, called Il Fattore Penni, who was also a disciple of Raphael.
In 1522, he moved to Mantua at the behest of Federico Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua. He painted frescos in the Palazzo del Te, and are his most famous works. He constructed the Palazzo from old stables, and his pupils Benedetto Pagni and Rinaldo Mantovano assisted him with the murals. He also undertook several architectural works on churches and the ducal palace in the city.
When Federico Gonzaga died, his cardinal brother kept Giulio on in Mantua to complete numerous works. When Antonio San Gallo, the architect, died in Rome, the deputies of the Works Department at Saint Peter’s summoned Giulio to Rome, but the cardinal prevented him from leaving. Giulio’s family did not want him to go, but Giulio wished to end his career in Rome. However, his health was failing at this time, and he died shortly after the request from Rome. He was only fifty-four years of age and was missed dearly by all who knew his work in Mantua.


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adoration of the

adoration of the shepherds

of the sun

chariot of the sun

jupiter seducing

 jupiter seducing olympias

and child

madonna and child



portrait of dona
isabel de requesens

portrait of dona isabel de requesens

portrait of giulio
romano by titian

portrait of giulio romano by titian

portrait of isabella

portrait of isabella d'este

river landscape
with springs

river landscape with springs

the birth of diana
and apollo

 the birth of diana and apollo

the fall of
the giants

the fall of the giants

at toilet

woman at toilet