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Fra Bartolommeo - Italian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Fra Bartolommeo (1535 - 1612)

As a youth, Bartolommeo studied first with a local painter and then worked in Ghirlandaio’s workshop. In 1500, he became a monk and burned all of his paintings that were not of religious subjects. Bartolommeo became the head of the San Marco monastery workshop in 1504. Then in 1508, he became the leading painter in the Florentine school. He traveled to Venice and Rome in 1514 and spread his influence through his drawings. The San Marco workshop closed not long after his death in 1517. Fra Bartolomeo's compositions are remarkable for skill in the massing of light and shade, richness and delicacy of colouring, and for the admirable drapery of the figures, Bartolomeo having been the first to introduce and use the lay-figure with joints.

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