- Also known as
primary name: Bedoli, Girolamo
other name: Bedoli, Girolamo Mazzola
other name: Mazzola-Bedoli, Girolamo
- individual; Parmese; Italian; Male
- Life dates
- Painter. Girolamo Bedoli, later known as Mazzola Bedoli, b. Viadana, about 1500 (?), d. Parma 1569. In 1521, in order to avoid the war then threatening Parma, he went with Parmigianino, who was then aged 18, to Viadana; and in 1529 married Caterina Elena, daughter of Parmigianinos uncle Pier Ilario Mazzola. On 9 January 1533 he and his father-in-law contracted jointly to paint the altar-piece of the Oratorio della Concezione attached to S. Francesco del Prato in Parma. This large painting, the 'Immaculate Conception' now in the Parma Gallery, was carried out solely by Bedoli and is his best known and most important work. He completed it by the end of 1538, in which year he had contracted to decorate the vaulting and apse of Parma Cathedral. Other dated commissions are for the decoration of the northern apse of the Steccata (22 October 1546); for a 'Transfiguration' above the high altar of S. Giovanni Evangelista (1552); for the southern apse of the Steccata (16 March 1553); and for a 'Last Supper' in the refectory of the convent of S. Giovanni Evangelista (30 December 1562). In 1566 Vasari visited Parma where Bedoli showed him his fresco in the southern apse of the Steccata, still not quite completed. Bedoli also worked in and around Mantua.
- Popham 1967
Laudedeo Testi, 'Una Grande Pala di Girolamo Mazzola alias Bedoli detto anche Mazzolino', in Bollettino d'arte (1905), pp. 369-95; L. Fröhlich-Bum in Thieme-Becker, xxiv (1930); Venturi, ix2, pp. 718 ff; Parma Exhibition Catalogue, 1935, pp. 97 ff.; A. E. Popham, 'The Drawings of Girolamo Bedoli', in Master Drawings, ii (1964), pp. 243 ff.