Art History: Issue 1
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Artist: Andrea del Sarto
Born: July 16, 1486
Location: Florence, Italy
Died: September 29, 1530
Art period: High Renaissance
Who was Adrea del Sarto?
The most significant Florentine painter of the early 16th century was Andrea del Sarto. His style is admired for the natural poise and grace of his figures, as well as his talent with color. He is often associated with religious paintings and the occasional portrait. By 1508, when the "holy trinity" of Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo left Florence, del Sarto assumed the position of the top Florentine artist. He altered Leonardo's sfumato technique by expanding his color palette to include warmer and more vibrant hues. In fact, del Sarto produced an unmatched color tonal range, and his work significantly influenced the later development of the Mannerist movement.
Who influenced the artistic style of Andrea del Sarto?
Leonardo da Vinci
What I found Interesting about the artist’s life?
Andrea del Sarto married Lucrezia (del Fede), the widow of a Recanati hatter Carlo, on December 26, 1512. Lucrezia appears as a Madonna in many of his paintings. On the other hand, Vasari describes her as "faithless, jealous, and vixenish with the apprentices."
Andrea del Sarto died at 44 in Florence during a Bubonic Plague outbreak at the end of September 1530. He was unceremoniously buried in the church of the Servites by the Misericordia. Vasari claimed in Lives of the Artists that Andrea received no attention from his wife during his terminal illness.
However, because the plague was widely known to be highly contagious at the time, it has been speculated that Lucrezia feared contracting the virulent and frequently fatal disease. If true, her foresight was rewarded, as she outlived her husband by 40 years.
Where is Andrea del Sarto from?
What historical events were happening in Italy during the artist’s lifetime?
The Italian War of 1494-1498, also known as the First Italian War, begins with the first major battle of the Italian Wars.
From 1503 to 1513, Pope Julius II was the head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States.
During the War of the League of Cognac, mutinous troops of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, lead to the Sack of Rome (1527). It is regarded as one of the causes of the High Renaissance's demise.
Andrea del Sarto is associated with the following art period: High Renaissance.
The High Renaissance was an art period that was brief but of exceptional artistic production in the Italian states, particularly Rome, the capital of the Papal States, and Florence. Most art historians agree that the High Renaissance began around 1495 or 1500 and ended in 1520 with the death of Raphael.
However, some argue that it ended around 1525, 1527 with the Sack of Rome by Charles V's army, or about 1530. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bramante are among the most well-known High Renaissance painters, sculptors, and architects. Some academic art historians have frequently criticized the term's use in recent years for oversimplifying artistic developments, ignoring the historical context, and focusing only on a few iconic works.