Bacchiacca (Francesco Ubertini)

Italian (Florentine) (1494 - 1557)
Bacchiacca (Francesco Ubertini) Moses Striking the Rock after 1525


Born 1494
Died 1557
Nationality Italian (Florentine)
Birth place Florence
Death place Florence

Bacchiacca specialised in small-scale paintings and decorative designs mainly for domestic settings. In these detailed and colourful works he combined a rich variety of figures and animals, often derived from other artists' paintings and prints. He was born in Florence and trained in Perugino's studio. He absorbed all he could from Perugino and was also influenced by Andrea del Sarto's work. The charm of Bacchiacca's paintings lies above all in their unusual colour combinations

Glossary terms

  • A style of art that spread from Italy to much of Europe in the 16th century, between the High Renaissance and Baroque periods. There is disagreement among historians as to its nature but it often seen as decadent, rejecting the classical ideals of the Renaissance and characterized by elongated figures.

  • A period in European culture from the 14th to the 16th centuries in which the visual arts flourished with advances in the treatment of anatomy and the use of perspective. It is particularly associated with Italy, where it began, though the term applies elsewhere. It is noted for a revival of interest in the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.