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(b Castagno, nr. Florence, c.1420; bur. Florence, 19 Aug. 1457). One of the most powerful Florentine painters in the generation after Masaccio. Nothing is known of his training, and the first recorded episode in his career dates from 1440, when he painted frescos at the Palazzo del Podestà depicting rebels against Cosimo de' Medici who were sentenced to be hanged by the heels, earning him the sobriquet ‘Andreino degli Impiccati’ (Little Andrew of the hanged men).

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