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(b Florence, c.1446; d Florence, 16 Jan. 1498). Florentine painter. His style is based almost entirely on elements drawn from his more illustrious contemporaries—Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi, Andrea del Verrocchio. He painted one remarkable work, however, the Assumption of the Virgin (c.1474, NG, London), which has the distinction of being the only picture from the quattrocento known to have been painted to illustrate a heresy: the donor, Matteo Palmieri, who held various government positions in Florence, believed that human souls are the angels who stayed neutral when Satan rebelled against God.

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

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