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Verrocchio had a large and active studio in Florence, and trained many artists who would become leading figures in the Florentine Renaissance, including Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. He usually collaborated closely with his students, giving them the opportunity to work on important parts of a painting.
Verrocchio trained as a goldsmith and has used real gold leaf, such as on the fringe of the left angel’s sleeve, and yellow paint, for example on the Virgin’s sleeves, to recreate the effect of gold – a technique derived from northern European artists to show various degrees of shine.
Tempera on wood
H 96.5 x W 70.5 cm