(b Florence, 1470; d after 1498). Italian sculptor. He belonged to a
family of well-known artisans; his grandfather Agnolo di Lippo di
Polo had worked as an assistant on the stained glass for the cupola
of Florence Cathedral and took the name de’ Vetri, sometimes also
used by his descendants. Agnolo’s father, Polo di Agnolo, made masks
and had his workshop on the Ponte Vecchio, Florence, and his brother
Domenico engraved precious stones and medals. Vasari said that
Agnolo was a pupil of Verrocchio, adding that ‘he worked very well
in clay and has filled the city with works from his hands’. Given
the artist’s birth date and that Verrocchio left Florence forever in
1483, Agnolo’s apprenticeship would have been very brief; it is
probable that he stayed on in the workshop when it was directed by
Lorenzo di Credi.
Saint John the Baptist
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