I fratelli Bonisoli, pittori cremonesi fra XVII e XVIII secolo
| ARTE LOMBARDA - 2012 - 3
The Bonisoli brothers, painters from Cremona between 17th
and 18th Century
The essay proposes a reconstruction of the artistic career of Agostino
Bonisoli (Cremona, 1637/8-Tornata, 1707), a painter virtually unknown
today, but vastly appreciated by noted patrons of his time.
His body of work, characterized by a general unevenness in both style
and quality, is here thoroughly reconsidered. During her research, the
author could establish that such inconsistency was a consequence of the
frequent interventions by the artist’s workshop and his younger brother
Carlo, who is barely mentioned in the bibliography.
A catalogue of Agostino Bonisoli’s paintings could then be completed,
with 8 documented works, 30 lost and 17 excluded. The newlydiscovered
documents also make it possible to identify Agostino as the
author of a canvas from the Ala Ponzone Museum in Cremona, previously
attributed to Jacopo Ferrari.
Carlo Bonisoli’s artistic career also receives attention for the first time,
as eight paintings on canvas and the frescoes in the church of Beata
Vergine delle Grazie in Cortemaggiore, made in collaboration with
Giuseppe Natali, are now attributed to Agostino’s brother.