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(b Cigoli, nr. San Miniato, 21 Sept. 1559; d Rome, 8 June 1613). The outstanding Florentine painter of his generation, whose work represents the complex stylistic cross-currents in the period of transition from Mannerism to Baroque. He was a pupil of Alessandro Allori, from whom he inherited the tradition of late Mannerism, but his sensuous colour and brushwork reveal the influence of Barocci, Correggio, and Venetian painting.

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