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Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarroti)
Caprese, Arezzo, Tuscany, 1475 - Rome, 1564
Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarroti)
Caprese, Arezzo, Tuscany, 1475 - Rome, 1564

He was apprenticed in 1488 in the workshop of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio (1448/9-1494) in Florence. The following year he joined the academy of young sculptors in the Medici garden where he prob [+]

Novelli, Pietro
Monreale, Sicily (Italy), 1603 - Palermo, Sicily (Italy), 1647
Novelli, Pietro
Monreale, Sicily (Italy), 1603 - Palermo, Sicily (Italy), 1647

Monrealese trained first with his father, Pietro Antonio Novell (1568-1625), and subsequently, in 1618, with Vito Carrera (1555-1623) in Palermo. His earliest dated work, painted in 1626, depicts St. [+]

Polidoro da Caravaggio
Caravaggio, H. 1499 - Messina, H. 1543
Polidoro da Caravaggio
Caravaggio, H. 1499 - Messina, H. 1543

Polidoro left his native Lombardy for Rome around 1515, where he entered the workshop of Raphael (1483-1520). In 1517-1518 he worked with Giulio Romano (c. 1499-1546) and Perino del Vaga (1501-1547) o [+]

Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Sevilla (Spain), 1599 - Madrid (Spain), 1660
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Sevilla (Spain), 1599 - Madrid (Spain), 1660

Born in Seville, Velázquez adopted his mothers surname, as was common in Andalusia, signing “Diego Velázquez” or “Diego de Silva Velázquez". He studied painting and worked professionally in his native [+]

Vasari, Giorgio
Arezzo, 1511 - Florence, 1574
Vasari, Giorgio
Arezzo, 1511 - Florence, 1574

He was first taught in his native Arezzo by the little-known French glass painter and fresco painter, Guillaume de Marcillat (1475-1529 or 1537). By 1524, he had moved to Florence, where he worked for [+]

Samacchini, Orazio
Bologna, 1532 - Bologna, 1577
Samacchini, Orazio
Bologna, 1532 - Bologna, 1577

Samacchini trained under Pellegrino Tibaldi (1527-1596), but his early work was influenced primarily by such artists as Raphael (1483-1520) and Prospero Fontana (1512-1597), as is detectable in the Ma [+]

Rubens, Peter Paul
Siegen, Westphalia (Germany), 1577 - Antwerp (Belgium), 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul
Siegen, Westphalia (Germany), 1577 - Antwerp (Belgium), 1640

No other 17th-century European painter combined artistic talent, social and economic success and a high cultural level like Rubens. Though primarily a painter, he also made numerous designs for prints [+]

Prado, Blas de
Camarena, Toledo, Ca. 1545 - Madrid, 1599
Prado, Blas de
Camarena, Toledo, Ca. 1545 - Madrid, 1599

Little is known of this important artist's life. He must have been active primarily in Toledo, where some of his contracts for work around that city are known, and where contemporaneous sources speak [+]

Perino del Vaga
Florence, 1501 - Rome, 1547
Perino del Vaga
Florence, 1501 - Rome, 1547

Pietro Buonaccorsi, called Perino del Vaga was, from age eleven, a pupil of Ridolfo Ghirlandaio (1483-1561); and later he was taken as a youth to Rome by an elusive painter, "il Vaga," whence the form [+]

Passignano
Passignano, 1559 - Florence, 1638
Passignano
Passignano, 1559 - Florence, 1638

He studied in Florence under Girolamo Macchietti (1535-1592) and Giovanni Battista Naldini (c. 1537-1591), but his principal master was Federico Zuccaro (1540/41-1609), whit whom he worked from 1575 t [+]

Naldini, Giovanni Battista
Fiesole, H. 1537 - Florence, 1591
Naldini, Giovanni Battista
Fiesole, H. 1537 - Florence, 1591

A pupil under Jacopo da Pontormo (1494-1556) until the latter's death; Naldini subsequently moved to Rome around 1560, but soon returned to Florence where he worked principally for the Medici as one o [+]

Mengs, Anton Raphael
Aussig, Bohemia, 1728 - Rome, 1779
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Aussig, Bohemia, 1728 - Rome, 1779

This German painter and treatise-writer was the most outstanding proponent of early neoclassicism. He began art studies in Dresden under the severe supervision of his father, Ismael Mengs, a painter a [+]

Machuca, Pedro
Toledo, H.1490 - Granada, 1550
Machuca, Pedro
Toledo, H.1490 - Granada, 1550

His stay in Italy was already documented in 1517, when he signed The Virgin and the Souls of Purgatory (Museo del Prado). This work's style has led him to be related with Raphael's workshop, especiall [+]

Leoni, Pompeo
Milan, hacia 1533 - Madrid, 1608
Leoni, Pompeo
Milan, hacia 1533 - Madrid, 1608

Working with his father, Leone Leoni, on all his pieces, Italian sculptor Pompeo Leoni was able to create a workshop in Madrid and to undertake projects beside the El Escorial altarpiece that obliged [+]

Leoni, Leone
Arezzo, Tuscany, 1509 - Milan, 1590
Leoni, Leone
Arezzo, Tuscany, 1509 - Milan, 1590

The personality of Italian sculptor Leone Leoni is as thrilling as that of his contemporaries, Titian, Michelangelo and Benvenuto Cellini. In 1533, he was a twenty-four-year-old goldsmith living with [+]

Franco, Battista
Venice, H. 1510 - Venice, 1561
Franco, Battista
Venice, H. 1510 - Venice, 1561

Born in Venice, Franco moved to Rome around the age of twenty, where he began incessantly to copy the works of Michelangelo (1475-1564). The influence of the older artist, which was to extend througho [+]

Coccapani, Sigismondo
Florence, 1583 - Florence, 1643
Coccapani, Sigismondo
Florence, 1583 - Florence, 1643

A student of the architect Bernardo Buontalenti (c. 1531-1608) and of Cigoli (1559-1613), together with the latter, he frescoed the dome of the Pauline Chapel in S. Maria Maggiore, Rome, c. 1610-1612. [+]

Cambiaso, Luca
Moneglia, Liguria, 1527 - el Escorial, Madrid, 1585
Cambiaso, Luca
Moneglia, Liguria, 1527 - el Escorial, Madrid, 1585

Luca Cambiaso was the most celebrated Mannerist painter of the Genoese school, and the inventor of many large-scale fresco decorations in both palaces and churches in the city. As a draftsman, he is c [+]

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