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(b Florence, c.1397; d Florence, 10 Dec. 1475). Florentine painter, one of the most distinctive artists of the early Renaissance. Vasari says he was called ‘Uccello’ (which means ‘bird’) because he loved animals, and birds in particular, and he seems to have been regarded as something of an eccentric. He is first documented c.1412 as an apprentice of Ghiberti, but he is not known to have worked as a sculptor.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)