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(b Udine, 27 Oct. 1487; d Rome, 1561/4). Italian painter, stuccoist, and architect. He was one of Raphael's leading assistants in Rome and is chiefly important for his role in reviving antique techniques of stucco and the ancient taste for grotesques, inspired by archaeological discoveries. His light and graceful style, seen best in the Vatican Loggie (1517–19), was imitated all over Europe, particularly by Neoclassical designers.

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