painter with feeling for tone and colour characteristic of the Venetian
rather than the Florentine school. Invited by Francis I to Paris (1518) he
returned to Florence (1519) to his wife. His life and works were much
studied and admired in the 19th с and Browning's poem Andrea del Sarto
was a sensitive and acceptable picture of a gifted, irresolute
and reflective man. A.'s frescoes Birth of the Virgin (1514) and
Madonna del Sacco (1525), both in S. Annunziata church, Florence, are
perfect examples of the High Renaissance. Other major works include
Madonna delle Arpie (1517), classical in style, and the Holy Family
was a favourite theme. Among his pupils were the Mannerists da Pontormo
and G. B. Rosso.
Oil on wood, 183 x 184 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence
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