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(b ?Tramuschio, principality of Mirandola, nr. Ferrara, ?c.1485; d Ferrara, 1541/2). Italian painter, the outstanding artist of the Ferrarese School in the 16th century. His early life and training are obscure: Vasari (who met him) implies that he was born around 1474, but modern scholarship favours a date about a decade later. The nickname Dosso, by which he was known in his lifetime, derives from a small family property; the form ‘Dosso Dossi’ was evidently mistakenly confected in the 18th century, but it is now hallowed by usage.

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