Carlo Crivelli

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Carlo Crivelli ( Venezia, 1430-35 ca. – +1495)

Born in Venice like his younger brother Vittore, he receives his first education from Monte San Martinohis father, in whose workshop he meets the Vivarinis and Jacopo Bellini. He later specialises in Squarcione’s school in Padua. A tragic love affair obliges Carlo to flee to Dalmatia. He reaches Le Marche around 1466. Many are the works he has made here, such as the polyptych of Massa Fermana (1468) and the Coronation of the Virgin in Brera (1493). Their late gothic decorative style is modernly interpreted through the way the forms are rationalised, which he learns in part from the school of Ferrara. His precious and intellectualistic painting style becomes more dramatic in Boston’s St. George and it tends to a metaphysic perfection in the author’s last works. Some of his main works are: the Virgin now in the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona (c. 1450), the polyptich in the Dome of Ascoli (1473), the Odoni Altarpiece in London’s National Gallery (1476), the Madonna in the Picture Gallery of Ancona, the polyptych in the Vatican Art Gallery (1481), The Pietà in Philadelphia (1485), the Announciation in London’s National Gallery (1486) and the Madonna della Candeletta in Brera.


Works in the area:

Ancona, Madonna con il Bambino (Pinacoteca Civica).
Ascoli Piceno, Madonna di Poggio di Bretta (Museo Diocesano); Primo Trittico di Valle Castellana (Pinacoteca Civica); Secondo Trittico di Valle Castellana (Pinacoteca Civica); Polittico di Ascoli Piceno (Cattedrale di S. Emidio).
Corridonia, Madonna che allatta il Bambino (Pinacoteca Parrocchiale).
Macerata, Madonna col Bambino (Musei Civici Palazzo Buonaccorsi).
Massa Fermana, Polittico di Massa Fermana (Chiesa dei Ss. Lorenzo, Silvestro e Ruffino).
Montefiore dell’Aso, Polittico Trittico (Polo Museale di S. Francesco).
Urbino, Il Beato Giacomo della Marca (Galleria Nazionale).