Il Rosso, by Giorgio Vasari
His real name was Giovanni Battista di Jacopo. An unconventional, eccentric painter, devoid of the convention. Extremely talented, one of the first Mannerists, a pupil of Andrea del Sarto. One of the founders of Fontainebleau school. He was born and worked in Florence, then in Venice, Rome, and France. Painter of a large number of religious scenes (famous for his Musical Angel, now in the Uffizi), as well as excellent portraits. He worked in the stucco technique and decorated the palace in Fontainebleau with painting and stucco decorations. He was court painter to Francis I from 1532 to 1537; he died in Paris.
Rosso Fiorentino’s major works are Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Letter, 1518 (London: National Gallery); Musical Angel, c. 1520 (Florence: Galleria degli Uffizi); The Virgin and Child with Angels, c. 1522 (St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.
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