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(bapt. Siena, 11 Aug. 1410; d Siena, 6 June 1480). One of the outstanding Sienese artists of the 15th century, a painter, sculptor, goldsmith, architect, and military engineer. His nickname, meaning ‘little old one’, first appears in 1442 and repeatedly thereafter in documents relating to him, but its origin is unknown. On stylistic grounds he is assumed to have been a pupil of Sassetta, but he also came under the influence of Florentine art and his large-scale paintings have a monumentality rare in Siena in the quattrocento.

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