(b. 1504, Bologna, d. 1570, Paris)

Decoration of the Royal Staircase (detail)

Stucco and fresco
Apartments of the Duchesse d'Étampes, Fontainebleau

The oval painting flanked by stucco figures depicts the scene Alexander and Campaspe by Primaticcio. Campaspe was a supposed mistress of Alexander the Great. According to tradition, she was painted by Apelles, who had the reputation in Antiquity for being the greatest of painters.