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(b Cortona, c.1440/50; d Cortona, 23/24 Oct. 1523). Italian painter, active in various cities of central Italy, notably Arezzo, Florence, Orvieto, Perugia, and Rome, as well as his native Cortona. According to Vasari (who was related to him and ‘as a child of 8’ met ‘this good old man’), Signorelli was a pupil of Piero della Francesca, and this seems highly probable on stylistic grounds, for his solid figures and sensitive handling of light echo the work of the master.

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