Dosso Dossi

active 1512; died 1542

Giovanni di Luteri, known as Dosso Dossi (from his birthplace) was, with his brother Battista, the leading painter in Ferrara in the early 16th century. From 1514 he worked chiefly for the Ferrara court, ruled by Duke Alfonso and then by Duke Ercole d'Este, painting mythological and modern poetic subjects, as well as portraits, decorative frescoes and religious themes.

Dosso may have visited Rome, where his brother Battista is recorded in 1520, apparently working in the studio of Raphael, and Dosso may also have visited the city. Battista Dosso adhered directly to the tradition of Giorgione and Titian.

Dosso Dossi further developed the style of Giorgione and Titian, especially in his treatmentof landscape in his religious and mythological paintings.