© Pinacoteca Civica di Budrio D. Inzaghi

Name of Object:

The Illustrious Men of Budrio


Budrio, Bologna, Italy

Holding Museum:

Pinacoteca civica “Domenico Inzaghi”


17th and 19th century

Type of object:

Celebration and documentary painting


Faustino Trebbi and anonymous artists from Budrio (1761, Budrio-1836, Bologna)

Period of activity:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Tempera on canvas

Place of production:


Workshop / Movement:

Local workshop, baroque age, Late baroque, 18th and 19th centuries


Municipal Library, Budrio


These paintings are good examples of the fashion of collecting and cataloguing local memories in a sort of Filopatria (love for one's home-town). This was typical of the baroque age and of the age of the Enlightenment. They are composed of several roundels that had to be filled from time to time with portraits of illustrious citizens. In the first painting are depicted doctors, soldiers, ecclesiastics and venerable men living between the Middle Ages and the Early Counter-reformation. Among them are Mercatello, a medical doctor in Bologna, Antonio Cossa, professor of Law, and Bartolomeo Garganelli, professor of Law and Astronomy. In the second painting, finished in 1799, we find especially ecclesiastics, diplomats and magistrates, philosophers, scientists, medical doctors and theologians: Francesco Muratori, professor of Anatomy, Vincenzo Menghini medical doctor and chemist, the local historian Domenico Golinelli and his son Ludovico, a clergy man; artists such as the follower of the Carracci Giacomo Lippi, the baroque painter Giovanni Battista Caccioli, the set designer Vincenzo Gotti; the architects Alfonso Torreggiani and Giuseppe Tubertini. In the third picture illustrious men not included in the first two are depicted, who were born before the end of the century, like the landscape painter Alberto Melonari, the “quadraturista” Giuseppe Carlo Gotti, the set designer and member of the Bolognese Accademia Clementina Alessandro della Nave, the illustrious chemist and pharmacist, Francesco Maria Coli, professor of the University of Bologna, Domenico Inzaghi and Don Giuseppe Benedetti from whose bequests to the town of Budrio were created the public library and the Pinacoteca.

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Current Owner:

Comune di Budrio

Original Owner:

(Probably) Consorzio dei Partecipanti

How date and origin were established:

Stylistic analysis; the tradition attributes them to the local painter Faustino Trebbi, for stylistic reasons it is thought he only painted the third one. The other two are probably the work of different artists.

How Object was obtained:

Public Library, then moved to the Pinacoteca (1989).

Selected bibliography:

Bernardini, C., La Pinacoteca Civica di Budrio. Guida Illustrata, Bologna, 1989, pp. 15-16.
Bernardini, C., in I dipinti della Pinacoteca Civica di Budrio. Secoli XIV - XIX (eds. D. Benati and C. Bernardini), Bologna, 2005, pp.176-179, nn. 84.

Citation of this web page:

Carla  Bernardini "The Illustrious Men of Budrio" in Discover Baroque Art , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;BAR;it;Mus13;44;en&id=portraits

Prepared by: Carla BernardiniCarla Bernardini

SURNAME: Bernardini
NAME: Carla

AFFILIATION: Musei Civici d'Arte Antica, Bologna

TITLE: Curator of the Collezioni Comunali d'Arte


Graduated in Modern Literature, specialized in History of Art at the University of Bologna.
She is a specialist in Bolognese and Emilian art of the 16th and 17th centuries. Some of her essays are dedicated to museology and collecting, decorative and applied arts, revival in the Visual arts between the 19th and the 20th centuries. Since 1985 she works at Musei Civici d’Arte Antica of Bologna, as curator of the Collezioni Comunali d'Arte.

Translation by: Antonella MampieriAntonella Mampieri

SURNAME: Mampieri
NAME: Antonella

AFFILIATION: Musei Civici d’Arte Antica, Bologna

TITLE: Art Hitorian

Graduated and specialised at the University of Bologna. She is a specialist in Bolognese late Baroque art, namely sculpture. Among other subjects she has been studying nineteenth-century funerary art in the Bologna monumental cemetery, la Certosa.

Translation copyedited by: Lisa Kelman

MWNF Working Number: IT2 49