Marriage of St. Catherine, oil on panel by Andrea del Sarto, —Sachsische Landesbibliothek/Abteilung Deutsche Fotothek/A. Rous
(born July 16, 1486, Florence [Italy]died before Sept. 29, 1530, Florence) Italian painter active in Florence. After an apprenticeship with Piero di Cosimo, he became established as one of the outstanding painters of Florence, most notably as a fresco decorator and painter of altarpieces in the style of the High Renaissance. His feeling for colour and atmosphere was unrivaled among Florentine painters. One of his most striking achievements was the series of grisaille frescoes on the life of St. John the Baptist (1511–26) in the Chiostro dello Scalzo. His work is noted particularly for its exquisite composition and craftsmanship. It was instrumental in the development of Florentine Mannerism.