Florentine painter and draughtsman. As student under Oosimo Rosselh
he met M. Albertmelli with whom he later often collaborated. B.
early inclined to mysticism and, impelled by the preaching of
Savonarola, publicly burnt many of his paintings. In 1 500 he
entered the monastery of S. Marco. He resumed painting in 1S04,
becoming a close friend of Raphael. He worked in Venice (1507), then
with Albertinelh in Florence (r. 1509-12); he then went to Rome.
Here he was so overwhelmed by Michelangelo's and Raphael's work in
the Vatican that he refused all entreaties to collaborate. B.'s work
is distinguished by complex yet controlled composition and by his
refined and delicate draughtsmanship and use of colour. One of his
finest works is 'The Virgin Adoring the Child with St Joseph. Late
in life he lost something of his delicacy of treatment.
The Holy Family with St John the Baptist
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