(b Ferrara, c.1430; d Ferrara, Apr. 1495). Italian painter, the first major artist of the Ferrarese School. Almost all his career was spent in Ferrara, where he worked for the Este family from 1452 and was appointed court painter in 1458. His sculptural figure style was influenced by Mantegna and also by Piero della Francesca (who worked in Ferrara in the 1440s), but its feverish, metallic quality is highly distinctive.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)