Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo

about 1480 - about 1548

Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo was born in Brescia. In 1508 he was in Florence, but thereafter he was mainly in Venice (except for a visit to Milan, 1532-4). His output was not great. His pictures are mostly of single figures against landscape backgrounds. The draperies of the figures are usually the most striking element, showing the light on the reflective textiles.

Some of his pictures, such as 'Mary Magdalene' are known in a number of versions. The realism of his paintings is thought to have influenced Caravaggio.