• NameCallisto Piazza
  • Activity/Titlepainter, miniatyrmålare
  • Sexmale
  • Variant namesCallisto Piazza
  • Nationality/DatesItalian, born before 1500, dead 1561 or 1562, dead 1561 or 1562
  • PlacesPlace of birth: Italien
BiographyCallisto was the most prodigious and prolific of
the Piazza family of artists who lived and worked
in Lombardy, primarily in Lodi, in the 16th century.
The older generation of artists in the family
consisted of the brothers Martino and Scipio,
who were mainly active in the first few decades
of the century. Martino’s son Callisto rose to
prominence after returning to Lodi from Brescia
in 1529. As head of the family workshop, he soon
received the prestigious commission to decorate
the octagonal church of Santa Maria Incoronata
(Tempio civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata),
designed by Bramante’s student, Giovanni Battaggio.
Throughout the following decades, Callisto
and his family workshop continued to receive
commissions in Lodi, for example for Tibaldi’s
church of San Cristoforo and for the Duomo.