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(b Grisone [Grizane], c.1498; d Rome, 3 Jan. 1578). Italian illuminator and painter, born in Croatia, which at this time was part of Venetian territory. He moved to Italy in 1516 and spent most of his career in Rome, although he also worked in several other cities. Clovio was the outstanding Italian illuminator of the 16th century and enjoyed a very high contemporary reputation—his friend Vasari described him as a ‘Michelangelo of small works’.

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