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(b Florence, 31 May 1535; d Florence, 22 Sept. 1607). Florentine painter, the pupil and adopted son of Bronzino. From 1554 to 1560 he lived in Rome, where he added the influence of Michelangelo's Last Judgement to that of his master's courtly Mannerism. His varied output included altarpieces, portraits, and tapestry designs. The Pearl Fishers (1570–1, Studiolo of Francesco I, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence) is generally considered his masterpiece: playful and full of artifice, it combines nude figures obviously drawn from Michelangelo with Bronzino's svelteness and enamelled colouring. He was one of the last notable Italian exponents of Mannerism, painting in a style that was becoming outmoded by the time of his death. His son Cristofano (b Florence, 17 Oct.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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