Barnaba da Modena

Italian, 1331–1413

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Barnaba da Modena

Italian, 1331–1413

Biography

Barnaba Da Modena was a prominent painter in late 14th-century Genoa. Barnaba was known for his enamel-like application of brilliant color and delicate ornamentation using gold. He was frequently commissioned to paint religious scenes, and produced a large number of altarpieces, and diptychs or triptychs; in these he borrowed compositions from some of his favorite master painters including Lippo Memmi and Duccio. He was particularly influenced by Byzantine, Bolognese, and Sienese painters. In fact, these influences were so visibly manifest in Barnaba’s work that his unsigned works have often been wronly attributed. Works that were signed often included his current city so that prospective patrons might find him.

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Biography

Barnaba Da Modena was a prominent painter in late 14th-century Genoa. Barnaba was known for his enamel-like application of brilliant color and delicate ornamentation using gold. He was frequently commissioned to paint religious scenes, and produced a large number of altarpieces, and diptychs or triptychs; in these he borrowed compositions from some of his favorite master painters including Lippo Memmi and Duccio. He was particularly influenced by Byzantine, Bolognese, and Sienese painters. In fact, these influences were so visibly manifest in Barnaba’s work that his unsigned works have often been wronly attributed. Works that were signed often included his current city so that prospective patrons might find him.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields