Campi – You’ve left me s-peach-less!

[Above: The Fruit Seller]

Vincenzo Campi (c. 1536–1591) was an Italian painter of the Renaissance era from Cremona. His style merges Lombard with Mannerist styles, however, unlike his siblings, he is known for a series of canvases, mostly painted after the 1570s, displaying genre scenes and local produce.

Many of them are set at a food store front of some sort, such as The Fruit Seller, pictured above. At the time, this type of painting was uncommon in Italy, and more common in the Netherlands, as exemplified by the canvases of Dutch painter Joachim Beuckelaer.

In Cremona, his extended family was the main artistic studio of his time. This included his two half-brothers Giulio and Antonio Campi  and distant relative Bernardino Campi. They were all active and prominent local painters.

  • In 1586-1589, he and his brother Antonio completed paintings for the church of  San Paolo Converso, in Milan.
  • Judging by this painting Campi is certainly not two grapes short of a fruit salad!

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