Giovanni Battista CREMONINI
(Cento 1550 - Bologna 1610)
A Design for a Mural Decoration, with an Allegorical Female Figure of Prudence Flanked by Grotesques and a Painting of Two Figures in a Landscape
174 x 319 mm. (6 7/8 x 12 1/2 in.)
Cremonini earned numerous commissions throughout his career, and supervised an active and busy workshop. Among other prominent by the artist in Bologna – almost all of which are now lost or destroyed - were frescoes in the Ercolani, Fiorini, Lucchini, Montecalvi, Pietramellari and Samperi palaces and the façade of the Collegio di Spagna, as well as paintings in the churches of San Domenico, Santa Agnese, Santa Maria della Vita, San Giorgio, Santa Maria Mascarella, the Corpus Domini and the Scalzi, among several others. Cremonini is also known to have worked on ephemeral decorations at the courts of Modena and Parma. His last dated works are two frescoes in the convent church of San Francesco in Bologna, executed in 1604. Among Cremonini’s pupils were Odoardo Fialetti, Emilio Savonanzi, Francesco Gessi and, possibly, Guercino.