Italian painter. He was the son of a bricklayer and lived and worked
in or near Siena all his life. He is first recorded working as an
artist in 1453 when he was painting in the Siena Baptistery,
probably with il Vecchietta. In a tax return of 1465, Benvenuto
declared himself to be without property or relations and to be
living near the baptistery. The following year he married Jacopa di
Tommaso da Cetona with whom he had seven children. They owned a
vineyard, and Benvenuto served at least two terms in public office.
Among his extant works, nine are signed and dated altarpieces, four
are identifiable through documents and many others can be attributed
to him on stylistic grounds. Their dates span 43 years, and they
include panel paintings, frescoes, manuscripts and designs for the
decorative pavement of Siena Cathedral.
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