Being of about the same age as Mantegna, he had, as Mantegna, studied under Francesco Squarcione in Padua in the 1450s, where he had obviously taken a great interest in the works of Donatello.
On his return to Ferrara in 1456, he was appointed court painter to Borso d’Este and never left the city again. Unfortunately details on his manifold activities there are scanty, but his surviving panel paintings give a glimpse of his artistic personality. Architectural elements inspired by Antiquity, fantastic landscapes, sharply outlined almost like etchings, and brilliant perspective constructions which challenge logical spatial unity, add up to a style which in varying degrees characterized the artists of the Ferrara School, Francesco del Cossa, Ercole de’Roberti.
Tura was also in charge of decorating the Este's residences. Thus, between
1460 and 1470 Tura collaborated with Cossa in painting the Pictures of
the Months in the Palazzo Schifanoia; their respective contributions cannot
always be separated.
Tura died in Ferrara in 1495.
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