BRIZIO, Francesco
(b. ca. 1574, Bologna, d. 1623, Bologna)

Biography

Italian painter and engraver of the Bolognese School, active in the early-Baroque. He was also known as Nosadella and was born in Bologna.

He was initially a pupil of Bartolommeo Passerotti, but then became a pupil under Agostino and Lodovico Carracci. He helped paint, along with Lucio Massari and Leonello Spada, stories of Torquato Tasso's epic in the loggias of the Bentivogli palace. He also frescoed a ceiling for the signori Conti Boschetti in Modena and in the Oratorio della SS Trinitŕ in Pieve di Cento. In Bologna, he painted a Coronation of the Madonna del Borgo for the church of San Petronio. He also frescoed in the cloister of San Michele in Bosco. His son Filippo became a pupil of Guido Reni. Another pupil was Domenico Ambrogi.

In engraving he was instructed by Agostino Carracci, and he is said to have forwarded some of the plates of that master. He made engravings after Parmigianino, Lodovico, Agostino and Annibale Carracci.