SPANZOTTI, Giovanni Martino
(b. ca. 1456, Casale Monferrato, d. ca. 1528, Chiavasso)


Italian painter, active in northern Italy. Little is known of his life. Born into a family of painters from Varese, he likely apprenticed with his father, Pietro. He appears to have had contacts with either Francesco del Cossa or his works. Other influences are Zanetto Bugatto (1433-1476), and Vincenzo Foppa.

In the 1480s and 1490s Spanzotti worked in the Piedmont, as well as in Casale Monferrato and Vercelli. Works from this period include the Triptych in the Galleria Sabauda (his only signed work) and the Adoration with Child in Rivarolo Canavese. Around 1485-1490 he executed a cycle of frescoes of the Life of Christ in the church of San Bernardino in Ivrea.

His pupils included Il Sodoma and Defendente Ferrari.

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