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(b Pontormo, nr. Empoli, 26 May 1494; d Florence, 31 Dec. 1556). Italian painter, active in and around Florence, where he was one of the outstanding artists of his generation. According to Vasari, he studied successively with Leonardo da Vinci, Albertinelli, Piero di Cosimo, and Andrea del Sarto, whose workshop he is said to have entered in 1512. Andrea was certainly a major influence on his early work.

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