While Micelangelo and Raphael were working in Rome,
Andrea del Sarto and Fra Bartolommeo were in Florence. Together they were the most important painters
in that city.
As a fresco painter, he made his name with a series of grisailles in the cloister of the Scalzi in Florence (1511-26), and the Miracles
of St Filippo Benizzi (1509-10) in the atrium of SS. Annunziata.
His most famous frescoes followed, the Birth of the Virgin (1514) and the Madonna del Sacco (1525), both also in
He went to France in 1518/19 at the invitation of Francis I, Though he did well there he broke his contract in order to
return to his beautiful wife (he had married Lucrezia in 1512, the wife of a hatter who died opportunely). According to the biographer
Vasari it was her who ruined him.
He never lived up to his early promise. He died at the age of 44.
- Andrea is the starting point for Mannerism. His pupils
included Pontormo, Rosso and Vasari
- My favourite piece of his is the Madonna delle Arpie (1517, Uffizi, Florence)
- First Florentine painter to depart from the coloured drawing approach in favour of composition by coloured patches of light
- His draughtsmanship is derived from Michelangelo
- He borrowed from the newly-arrived prints of Albrecht Durer
- It is Vasari who said that his early death was due to plague
- Cleveland Ohio
- Edinburgh (NG)
- London (NG and Wallace Coll.)
- New York (Met. Mus.)
- Paris (Louvre, including some painted in France)
- Washington (NG)
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