Andrea del Verrocchio (Dictionary of World Biography: Renaissance)
Article abstract: Verrocchio was one of the best sculptors of the later part of the fifteenth century and a great favorite of the Medici family. He was able to work in silver, bronze, and terracotta as well as marble and was also active as a painter. It was in Verrocchio’s workshop that Leonardo da Vinci received his first training.
Andrea di Michele Cione, best known to his contemporaries by his nickname “Verrocchio,” was the son of Michele Cione and his first wife, Gemma. He was born in Florence, where he grew up and where he spent most of his life. His father, who was in his fifties when Andrea, his first child, was born, worked as a tilemaker or brickmaker and was a member of the Stoneworkers’ Guild. He owned a home on the Via dell’Angolo in the parish of San Ambrogio as well as some land outside the city. Andrea’s mother evidently died while he was young, for his father remarried and Andrea was reared by his stepmother. In 1452, his father died. The following year, the eighteen-year-old Verrocchio was involved in an incident in which a man was killed in a scuffle outside the walls of the city. Verrocchio had thrown a stone which hit a young wool worker, who subsequently died of his injuries. Verrocchio was brought before the authorities and charged with homicide, but he was acquitted and the cause of the death was determined to be accidental.
According to his sixteenth century...
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