(b Florence, c.1458; d Florence, 12 Jan. 1537). Florentine painter. He was a fellow pupil of Leonardo in Verrocchio's workshop and he seems to have stayed there until Verrocchio's death in 1488, managing the painting side of his master's varied business. He was a very fine craftsman, but his style lacked individuality. His early work is in an extremely prosaic version of Leonardo's youthful style; later he absorbed some of the ideas of the High Renaissance.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)