Giulio Romano | Artistic Heir to the Divine
Romano (ca. 1499-1546) was an Italian Renaissance
painter working in the Mannerist style of the sixteenth
century. Giulio Romano's birth name was Giulio di Pietro
de'Gianuzzi or Giulio Pippi. As a child Giulio Romano entered
workshop as an apprentice. Upon Raphael's death in 1520,
Giulio Romano and another apprentice, Gianfrancesco
Penni, became Raphael's artistic heirs completing many of
Raphael unfinished works.
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Four years after Raphael's death, Giulio Romano arrived in
Mantua to work for the Gonzaga duchy.
In 1496, Giulio Romano was joined by Penni. Giulio Romano
remained in Mantua until his demise. Giulio Romano designed and
decorated the extravagant ducal palace known as the Palazzo
del Te, and it is considered to be one of Romano's most
important works. His Sala dei Giganti (Hall of
Giants) is an illusionistic
masterpiece done in trompe
Among Giulio Romano's pupils were Francesco Bacchiacca,
Niccolo dell'Abbate and
was one of Giulio Romano's studio assistants.
Brenda Harness, Art Historian