The Artist Birthday Series

Caravaggio

Caravaggio: painter Michelangelo Merisi (Michael Angelo Merigi or Amerighi) da Caravaggio, known today simply as “Caravaggio,” (29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610) was an Italian painter active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1592 and 1610. His paintings, which combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a… Read More Caravaggio

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Lavinia Fontana

Lavinia Fontana: painter Lavinia Fontana (1552 – 1614) was an Italian painter. She is regarded as the first woman artist of the Renaissance, working within the same sphere as her male counterparts, outside a court or convent. She was the first woman artist to paint female nudes, and was the main breadwinner of a family… Read More Lavinia Fontana

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Andrea del Sarto

Today’s Artist Birthday: Andrea del Sarto Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530) was an Italian painter from Florence, whose career flourished during the High Renaissance and early Mannerism. Though highly regarded during his lifetime as an artist senza errori (“without errors”), his renown was eclipsed after his death by that of his contemporaries, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo… Read More Andrea del Sarto

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Jacopo Pontormo

Today’s Artist Birthday: Jacopo Pontormo Jacopo Carucci (May 24, 1494 – January 2, 1557), usually known as Jacopo da Pontormo, Jacopo Pontormo or simply Pontormo, was an Italian Mannerist painter and portraitist from the Florentine School. His work represents a profound stylistic shift from the calm perspectival regularity that characterized the art of the Florentine… Read More Jacopo Pontormo