Federico Bencovich (1667 – 8 July 1753) was a prominent late Baroque painter from Dalmatia working in Italy. He is best known as Federico Bencovich or Federigo or Federighetto or Dalmatino. In modern Croatia he is known as Federiko Benković.
He was born Federico Bencovich (as he signed his own name) somewhere in Venetian Dalmatia. His exact birthplace is unknown, but it could have been either in Omiš, Šibenik, the island of Brač, Dubrovnik, or possibly Venice itself.
His initial training was likely in Venice, but later Bencovich apprenticed with Carlo Cignani in Bologna, assisting him in 1706 in completing the frescoes of the Assumption of the Virgin on the dome of the Forlì cathedral. His first independent work, Juno on the clouds, was painted in 1705. He also appears to have worked in the studio of Giuseppe Maria Crespi.
In 1710 Bencovich painted the altarpiece of St. Andrew on the cross surrounded by St. Bartholomew, St. Carolus Borromei, St. Lucia, and St. Apollonia for the church of Madonna del Piombo in Bologna, later transferred to the parish church of Senonches near Chartres in France. By 1715, he came to the service of the Archbishop-Elector of Mainz Lothar Franz von Schönborn and was to complete four large canvas masterpieces for the gallery in the Schloss Weißenstein in the town of Pommersfelden: Apollo and Marcia, Hagar and Ishmael in the Desert, Iphigenia’s sacrifice and Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac.
Before his death, he moved to Gorizia, where he, after his death, gradually fell into oblivion. His paintings used to be attributed to Piazzetta or Cignani, amongst others.