(b Bologna, c.1450; d Bologna, 5 Jan. 1517 or 1518). The outstanding Bolognese painter of his period. He originally trained as a goldsmith and had several other skills, being recorded as a sculptor, illuminator, and engraver of nielli. However, from about 1485 he worked mainly as a painter, principally of altarpieces for churches in Bologna and neighbouring towns and of small devotional works; he was also an accomplished portraitist.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)