Francia frän´chä [key], c.1450–1517, Italian painter, goldsmith, and medalist of the early Bolognese school, whose real name was Francesco Raibolini. Until the age of 40 he was famous chiefly as a goldsmith and engraver of nielli and of dies for medals. His paintings reflect the influence of Perugino and Raphael. Among the most noted are Crucifixion (Louvre) Pietà (National Gall., London) and Assumption (Church of San Frediano, Lucca). Others include Head of the Virgin (Pa. Acad. of the Fine Arts) Madonna (Gardner Mus., Boston) a portrait of Federigo Gonzaga (Metropolitan Mus.) and Madonna and Child (National Gall. of Art, Washington, D.C.).

See study by G. C. Williamson (1907).

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