Bernardino Luini (1480-1532) was born in Runo, near Lake Maggiore, and was a Renaissance painter from northern Italy. He was very good at creating images of young women, and his paintings show the elegance and modesty of women to the fullest. His works are characterized by the extended and slender eyes of the women depicted, which can be felt in many of his works.
Luini and his classmate Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (1466–1516) were outstanding students in Leonardo's studio. Some of their completed works were signed by Leonardo. Luini was in this studio for some time before establishing his reputation as a master fresco in 1507. Most of his famous works were commissioned by Girolamo Rabia. His frescoes in the Villa Pelucca in Sesto San Giovanni are equally noteworthy as his frescoes in the Santa Maria dei Miracoli.
Influenced by Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci greatly influenced Luini's style of work. Da Vinci was the most famous artist and scientist of the Italian Renaissance, and Luini worked with Leonardo. It could be said that without Leonardo da Vinci, Luini would not have been able to achieve what he has today.
Luini was one of the first generations of Lombard painters active around 1500. Luini's work was greatly influenced by da Vinci, blending the innovations of the Renaissance-High period with native Milanese elements to create the style of the Lombardy Renaissance.