- Also known as
primary name: Anselmi, Michelangelo
other name: Michelangelo da Siena
- individual; Tuscan; Parmese; Italian; Male
- Life dates
- Painter: based in Parma. Student of Bazzi and later a follower of Correggio.
Michelangelo Anselmi, b. of Parmese parents either in Lucca or Siena, about 1491, d. Parma between 1554 and 1556. He received his artistic education in Siena, apparently under Sodoma, and is first recorded in Parma on 27 April 1520. A fresco certainly from his hand in one of the transept apses of S. Giovanni Evangelista is dated 1521, so that he must have been working in the church at the same time as Correggio and Parmigianino. On 21 November 1522 he contracted to decorate the vaulting and eastern apse of the south transept of Parma Cathedral. Two altar-pieces still in situ in the cathedral date from 1526. The decoration (still extant) of the Oratorio della Concezione attached to S. Francesco del Prato occupied him, in conjunction with Francesco Maria Rondani, from 1532 to 1534. On 10 September 1537 he contracted to paint frescoes (also extant) in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in the church of S. Bartolommeo at Busseto, near Parma; and on 17 May 1540 he undertook the task, originally entrusted to Parmigianino, of painting the 'Coronation of the Virgin' in the eastern apse of S. Maria della Steccata. In Anselmi's case, the design was to be supplied by Giulio Romano. His fresco was finally approved by the Fabbricieri of the church on 4 October 1548, and on the same day he was commissioned to paint the 'Adoration of the Magi' in the western apse. This was not finished when he died, and was completed by Bernardino Gatti.
- Popham 1967
A. E. Popham, 'I disegni di Michelangelo Anselmi', in Parma per l'arte, iii (1953 ), pp. 11ff.; the same, Correggio, pp. 107 ff., with catalogue of drawings by Anselmi, pp. 169ff.; Augusta Ghidiglia Quintavalle, Michelangelo Anselmi, Parma, 1960.