(active around 1500 in Viterbo)


Italian painter, active in Viterbo at the turn of the 15th century. It is assumed that he was the grandson of Francesco d'Antonio Zacchi, called Balletta (active by 1430-died before 1476) and the son of Gabriele di Francesco. Balletta was a rather significant artist in Viterbo and a number of panels and polyptychs by him have survived in and around the city. His son Gabriele di Francesco was less prolific but a small number of works are securely attributable to him.

Stylistically Francesco di Gabriele betrays a variety of other artistic influences to which a Viterbese artist would naturally have been susceptible. In addition to local artists elements of neighbouring Tuscan, Umbrian and Roman painters of the period can be found.