(b. ca. 1475, Bologna, d. 1552, Bologna)

Adoration of the Shepherds

Oil on wood, 44,5 x 34 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

A painter and sculptor educated in the school of Costa and Francia, Aspertini was attracted by fanciful, bizarre forms, elements certainly drawn from North European engravings which were widespread at the time.

In this Adoration of the Shepherds the fantastic construction concealing an apse enriched with various elaborate decorations, the figures twisting and darting vivaciously in the most unusual directions, and the tiny, unreal landscape, are enough to convince us that Aspertini was an extremely unusual artist with a decidedly individual and inimitable style.