Andrea del Sarto (Dictionary of World Biography: Renaissance)
Article abstract: Andrea del Sarto is considered to be one of the most important Florentine painters of the early sixteenth century and is also a figure of great historical importance. In his own work, he was clearly inspired by the classical ideals of the central Italian High Renaissance, particularly by Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci, but his pupils were to become the creators of the anticlassical style later known as mannerism, which dominated Italian art from about 1520 until 1600.
Andrea d’Agnolo, the son of Agnolo di Francesco Lanfranchi and Constanza, was born in Florence in 1486, probably one of twins, for the surviving documents indicate that Agnolo di Francesco’s two sons, Andrea and Domenico, were both baptized on July 17, 1486, the day after their birth. Andrea’s great-grandfather had been an agricultural laborer, his grandfather a linen weaver, and his father a tailor (un sarto), and for that reason Andrea was given the nickname of Andrea del Sarto. Andrea left school at the age of seven to work for a goldsmith before beginning his training as a painter, first in the studio of the little-known Andrea di Salvi Barile and later with Piero di Cosimo. It has also been persuasively argued by modern critics that Andrea must have studied with the technically accomplished Raffaellino del Garbo, or at least been strongly influenced by his work.
On December 11, 1508, Andrea was...
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