Giovanni Antonio Bazzi was born in Vercelli, Italy, in 1477.
He spent most of his life living and working in Siena, for about 48 years until he died. He also travelled around Italy to work visiting places like the Vatican, Pisa, Florence, Casale, Milan, and Rome.
Bazzi received his training in Northern Italy and was taught in the Lombard style shaped by the example of Leonardo and Rafael. He also was apprenticed to Martino Spanzotti for 7 years.
He was known to be flamboyant and homosexual, kept many exotic animals, was given knighthood by Pope Leo X for his social aspirations, ambitions, and great decision making. Bazzi was nicknamed "Il Sodoma" and he adopted the title and is commonly referred to as that.
Giovanni Antonio Bazzi made paintings, murals, and frescos like his famous pieces Marriage of Alexander and Roxanne, Saint James Vanquishing the Moors, and Coronation of the Virgin.
He was commissioned by the Pope Julius II, Pope Leo X, Agostino Chigi, and the government of Siena.
Bazzi is linked to perspectivism for his large use of arches with depth in them as seen above. He also used Idealism focusing on many religious themes like Christ.
This piece is titled Saint Sebastian, by Bazzi in 1525
The artwork is significant because it depicts a religious figure widely popularized by Renaissance artists like Botticelli. The new style of Mannerism was used in this piece, along with bringing it together with more naturalistic styles.
The painting is significant because it depicts a religious figure widely popularized by Renaissance artists like Botticelli. The new style of Mannerism was used in this piece, along with bringing it together with more naturalistic styles.
This art is closely linked to Idealism for focusing specifically on the Christian religion, showing a Saint and an angel.
I find this piece interesting because so many Renaissance artists painted Saint Sebastian. Specifically, for this piece, I like it because Bazzi put lots of emotion into the figures features, such as the suffering and surprised face and also the way he is standing, like he is pain.