(Genoa 1632 ca.. – 1657)
Italian engraver, draftsman and painter, son of Giovanni Andrea, a modest landscape painter, who was also his first teacher. He has probably completed his artistic training at the studio of painter Domenico Fiasella. Around 1650 Bartolomeo entered the atelier of Valerio Castello, from which he assimilated the models and the coloristic tastes so deeply that his paintings are often confused with those of the master. His works also suffered the influence of Van Dyck, for some pictorial effects, and Rubens for the form and movement of compositions.
Raffaele Soprani, a seventeenth-century character of the Genoese nobility and a connoisseur of many Ligurian artists, tells that Bartolomeo exercised himself to reproduce the works of Guido Reni and Giulio Romano present in Genoese churches back then. However, the best known of Biscano activity remained that of his graphic work to which he devoted himself with great versatility in both drawing and etching.
He has applied himself for a long time to the study of prints of Castiglione, who was the true inspiration of his etchings, with jagged and luminous sign.
His neo-mannerist style, expressed especially in graphic works, was inspired by the style of Parmigianino that he has studied and imitated in different compositions.
Biscaino’s prints, for their particular elegance and refinement of execution, have enjoyed a great favor with collectors of the the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The artist died very young, not yet at thirty years, because of the pestilence that devastated Genoa in 1657.