Andrea del Sarto

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16 July 1486/87

Andrea del Sarto (1486/87 – 1530/1531) was an Italian painter from Florence, whose career flourished during the High Renaissance and early-Mannerism. Though highly regarded during his lifetime as an artist senza errori ("without errors"), his renown was eclipsed after his untimely death by that of his contemporaries, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael.


Early life and training

Andrea was born Andrea d'Agnolo di Francesco di Luca di Paolo del Migliore in Gualfonda, close to Florence, on 16 July in either 1486 or 1487, one of four children. Since his father, Agnolo, was a tailor (sarto), he became known as "del Sarto" ("tailor's son").[1] Since 1677 some have attributed the surname Vannucchi with little documentation. By 1494 Andrea was apprenticed to a goldsmith, and then to a woodcarver and painter named Gian Barile, with whom he remained until 1498. According to Vasari, he then apprenticed to Piero di Cosimo, and later with Raffaellino del Garbo (Carli).

Andrea and an older friend Franciabigio decided to open a joint studio at a lodging together in the Piazza del Grano. The first product of their partnership may have been the Baptism of Christ for the Florentine Compagnia dello Scalzo, the beginning of a monochrome fresco series. By the time the partnership was dissolved, Sarto's style bore the stamp of individuality. It "is marked throughout his career by an interest, exceptional among Florentines, in effects of colour and atmosphere and by sophisticated informality and natural expression of emotion."[2]

Frescoes at SS Annunziata in Florence

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