Faustino Bocchi  

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Faustino Bocchi (1659-1742) was an Italian painter, active in Brescia, who specialized in bizarre paintings of dwarfs.

These were generally seen as humorous or satirical pieces, though some have semblance of the decorative conceits of Arcimboldo, while others suggest the nightmarish world of Hieronymus Bosch. Cristiani cites this as the capricious particularitity to represent with his master paint-brush: the battles, the fights, the games, the dances, the feasts, and tiumphs of the pygmies. By some he is described as a genre painter one of the Bamboccianti, specifically a Bambocciate di nani or arte pigmeo. Furthermore, it is said that these paintings were highly prized by Bergamesque collectors such as Giacomo Carrara e Ludovico Ferronati. Bocchi is said to have been the pupil of Angelo Everardi (il Fiamminghino or Fiammenghino). Enrico Albricci is said to have been his pupil for a spell.

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