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(b nr. Siena, c.1485; d Siena, Jan./May 1551). Sienese painter, sculptor, and printmaker. He is now generally considered the outstanding Sienese Mannerist artist, although Sodoma was more highly esteemed by his contemporaries. According to Vasari, he visited Rome early in his career, and he was certainly aware of the work of Michelangelo and Raphael, as well as of contemporary Florentine art, combining the new ideas of the High Renaissance with the bright and decorative colouring of Sienese tradition.

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