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The Nativity: The Virgin, Saint Joseph and the Shepherds Adoring the Infant Christ
Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

(b Castello della Pieve [now Città della Pieve], Umbria, c.1450; d Fontignano, nr. Perugia, Feb./Mar. 1523). Italian painter, active mainly in Perugia, from which his nickname derives. His early career is obscure, but he seems to have formed his style chiefly in Florence, where Vasari says he studied with Verrocchio—this would have been at about the same time that Leonardo da Vinci was training with him (he is also said to have been a pupil of Piero della Francesca; this could have preceded his training in Florence).

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


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