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Bernardino Passari

ca. 1540 Ancona – ca. 1590 Rome

There are few documented facts in the biography of Bernardino Passari, who in the past was often confused with Bartolomeo Passarotti. Although Christoph Plantin published a set of his engraved illustrations for Laurenzio Gambara’s Rerum Sacrarum Liber in Antwerp in 1577, the artist was evidently working that same year as an engraver in Rome, as is verified by the address of his earliest known print (Bartsch 73). A document from the year 1583 mentions Passari as a “romanus pictor”.