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Giacomo di Benedetto Bedi (died after 1478)

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Giacomo di Benedetto Bedi in: Gubbio. 

Giacomo di Benedetto Bedi, who was born in Gubbio., was a follower of Ottaviano Nelli.  He was elected as a consul of Gubbio in 1452 and was referred to as "pictor" e "magister" in 1455.  He was documented as "Iacobus Bedi de Eugubio pictor" in 1471.


Frescoes (1458)


These frescoes in the Cappella di San Sebastiano of San Secondo, which are signed by Giacomo di Benedetto Bedi and dated by inscription, include:

  1. figures of SS Jerome, Ambrose, Augustine and Gregory (the doctors of the Church) in the vaults; and

  2. the flagellation (not illustrated),  martyrdom (two details of which are to the left, above) and burial of St Sebastian.

Pietà (ca. 1450)

An inscription on the counter-façade of Santa Maria della Piaggiola recalls that this “old and miraculous” image in the Cappella della Pietà (the 1st on the right) was translated from the earlier church in 1646.  An attribution to Giacomo di Benedetto Bedi recently replaced the traditional one to Domenico di Cecco.  The image depicts the dead Christ in the sepulchre with the symbols of the Passion and with the Virgin and St Peter.

Annunciation (ca. 1450)

This fresco in an aedicule inside Palazzo Pamphili, which was discovered quite recently, is attributed to Giacomo di Benedetto Bedi.

Madonna and Child with saints (ca. 1450)

This fresco on the high altar of Santa Maria dei Ponte was detached from a tabernacle on the site and installed (as noted above) installed in the newly-completed church in ca. 1570.  It was restored in 1999, at which point a fragmentary inscription, “..VGVBIO”, was found on the throne, indicating that the artist came from Gubbio.  It was traditionally attributed to Domenico di Cecco, but has recently been attributed alternatively to Giacomo di Benedetto Bedi.  It depicts the Madonna and Child enthroned with SS Bernardino of Siena and Ubaldus.

St Vincent Ferrer (ca. 1455)

This altarpiece in San Domenico (in the 5th chapel on the left) is attributed to Giacomo di Benedetto Bedi.  It was probably painted shortly after the canonisation of St Vincent Ferrer in 1455.

Crucifixion (ca. 1460)

This fresco [?] in the Monastero di San Benedetto [where ?] is attributed to Giacomo di Benedeto Bedi.  

Scenes from the Passion (15th century)

These detached frescoes, which were detached from the crypt of the church of Santa Maria dei Laici in the 1970s, are attributed to Giacomo di Benedetto Bedi.  They depict:

  1. Christ washing the feet of the Disciples;

  2. the Last Supper;

  3. Christ praying in the Garden of Gethsemane;

  4. the Crucifixion;

  5. the Deposition;

  6. the scene at the abandoned tomb.

[They are temporarily displayed in the Museo Diocesano (in Room I, off the Cloister) but will be returned to their original location]

SS Antony of Padua and Bernardino of Siena (15th century)

These damaged frescoes in the ex-Cappella di Santa Maria Maddalena of San Giovanni Battista are attributed to Giacomo di Benedetto Bedi.  They were probably covered when the chapel was adapted in 1829 to form the baptistery, and recovered during the recent restoration of the church.  The standing saints stand in fictive niches, beside four monochrome scenes from the life of St Antony.  These survivals are only part of what was obviously a larger composition.

Read more:

F. Sorce, “Iacopo di Bedo”, Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani , 62 (2004)

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