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The Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist (The 'Fries' Madonna)
Photo credit: National Trust Images

(b Florence, ?16 July 1486; d Florence, 28/29 Sept. 1530). Florentine painter. The epithet ‘del sarto’ (of the tailor) is derived from his father's profession; his real name was Andrea d'Agnolo. According to Vasari, he was first apprenticed as a goldsmith and then taught by Piero di Cosimo; another early source says he studied under Raffaellino del Garbo (d c.1527), who has been described as ‘eclectic and second-rate’. However, Andrea's poised and graceful style was more obviously influenced by Fra Bartolommeo and Raphael, and following the departures of Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo (all of whom had left Florence by 1508) he became established with Bartolommeo as the leading painter in the city. Apart from a visit to Paris in 1518–19 to work for Francis I, he was based in Florence all his life, although he probably visited Rome soon after his return from France, and made short visits elsewhere.

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


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