(b Florence, c.1421; d Pistoia, 4 Oct. 1497). Florentine painter. He probably trained under Fra Angelico and he later worked as his assistant in Rome (1447) and Orvieto (1448). His reputation rests on only one work—but one of the most enchanting in all Italian Renaissance art: the decoration of the chapel of the Palazzo Medici in Florence with frescos of the Journey of the Magi (1459–61). This is the most glittering fresco cycle of the century, recalling, and perhaps consciously rivalling, Gentile da Fabriano's Adoration of the Magi of 1423.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)