Andrea del Sarto

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, 1486–1531, Florentine painter of the High Renaissance. He painted chiefly religious subjects. In 1509 he was commissioned by the Servites to decorate their Cloisters of the Annunziata in Florence. His five frescoes there, illustrating the life of St.
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Sarto, Andrea del

(ändrĕ`ä dĕl sär`tō), 1486–1531, Florentine painter of the High Renaissance. He painted chiefly religious subjects. In 1509 he was commissioned by the Servites to decorate their Cloisters of the Annunziata in Florence. His five frescoes there, illustrating the life of St. Philip, won him the title "the faultless painter." Also in this court are Nativity of the Virgin, Procession of the Magi, and a lunette, Madonna del Sacco. His notable scenes from the life of St. John the Baptist in monotone are in the Cloisters of the Scalzo, Florence, and the Last Supper is in the refectory of the Convent of San Salvi. His oils include two Annunciations, Deposition from the Cross, two Assumptions, Madonna in Glory (Pitti Palace, Florence); Madonna of the Harpies (Uffizi); Holy Family and Charity (Louvre); Holy Family (Metropolitan Mus.); Madonna and Child with St. John (National Gall. of Art, Washington, D.C.); and others in London and Madrid. His paintings consistently exemplify the High Renaissance ideal. Because of the extreme subtlety of his technique, his works tend not to reproduce well in photographs. Toward the end of his career, his representations tended toward mannerismmannerism,
a style in art and architecture (c.1520–1600), originating in Italy as a reaction against the equilibrium of form and proportions characteristic of the High Renaissance.
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. He was the teacher of the great mannerist PontormoPontormo, Jacopo da
, 1494–1556, Florentine painter, one of the creators of mannerism. His real name was Jacopo Carrucci. He studied with Andrea del Sarto, Leonardo da Vinci, Mariotto Albertinelli, and Piero di Cosimo.
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See studies by S. J. Freedberg (2 vol., 1963) and J. Shearman (2 vol., 1965).

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Andrea del Sarto


(real name, Andrea del d’Agnolo). Born July 16, 1486, in Florence; died there Sept. 28 (or 29), 1530. Italian painter.

Andrea del Sarto studied under Piero di Cosimo and was influenced by Leonardo da Vinci, Fra Bartolommeo, and Michelangelo. In 1518–19 he painted in Paris. His works in Florence include frescoes for the cloister of the Church of Santissima Annunziata (1510–15), for the Scalzi Monastery (1515–26), and the San Salvi Monastery (late 1520’s). Other works by Andrea are Madonna of the Harpies (1517, Uffizi Gallery, Florence), Madonna and Child With St. Catherine, St. Elizabeth, and John the Baptist (1519, Hermitage, Leningrad) and Portrait of a Sculptor (National Gallery, London).

Andrea’s paintings are marked by clearly spaced composition based on a complex balancing of spatial elements. In many respects, the gentle, poetic spirituality of Andrea’s works was derived from chiaroscuro that united bright and lush fields of color. At the same time, his paintings are distinguished by a certain abstract quality in the rendering of figures and by a tendency to dogmatize the artistic principles of the High Renaissance.


Eliasberg, N. E. Andrea del’ Sarto. [Moscow, 1973.]
Shearman, J. Andrea del Sarto, vols. 1–2. Oxford, 1965.
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del Sarto, Andrea

cuckolded Florentine painter; protagonist of Browning’s poem. [Art Hist.: Walsh Modern, 19–20; Br. Lit.: “Andrea del Sarto” in Norton, 778–783]
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Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights; El Greco, San Sebastian; Andrea del Sarto, Portrait of a Woman; and Goya, La Maja Desnuda, [c]Photographie Archive Museo Nacional del Prado.
1517, Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530), oil on panel transferred lo canvas panel, 71 x50cm.
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This essay argues that "Andrea del Sarto" shows Browning thinking about the issues of social control over women's movements, voice, and sexuality that occupied his contemporaries in Italy and Britain in the 1850s, and that the poem demonstrates how the disempowerments of womanhood generate the distasteful traits of Andrea as well as of Lucrezia.
"Piero presents an interesting case study of an artist who was very well-respected in his day, or else he wouldn't have had pupils like Fra Bartolomeo and Andrea del Sarto," Townsend said.
The design of the exhibition, in eight sections, enables the visitor to explore each artist's oeuvres in parallel, moving sequentially from training and first commissions with Andrea del Sarto, to mature works in different genres (e.g.
"While the museum's collection includes exceptional Italian Renaissance masterworks by artists such as Andrea Del Sarto and Piero di Cosimo, it has traditionally been stronger in northern European works.
According to his own account, Vasari, as a young man, was an apprentice to Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino, and Baccio Bandinelli in Florence.
Among his best known dramatic monologues are "Porphyria's Lover," "My Last Duchess," "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister," "The Laboratory," "The Lost Leader," "The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church," "Fra Lippo Lippi," and "Andrea del Sarto." All of these are impressive examples of the genre: there is a speaker, a present or implied listener or listeners, and the "puzzle" concerning the speaker's reliability.
The maxim "less is more" was attributed by Robert Browning to Andrea del Sarto, expressing the legendary faultlessness of this Renaissance artist, but it is more familiarly associated with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his ideas for modernist architecture.
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Representing a wide range of artistic schools, the selection includes works by famous artists--such as Vittore Carpaccio, Raffaello Sanzi (known as Raphael), Andrea del Sarto, Francesco Mazzola (known as Parmigianino), Rembrandt van Rijn, Giovanni Antonio Canal (known as Canaletto), Claude Lorrain, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin, Francois Boucher, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Francisco Jose de Goya, Theodore Gericault, Eugene Delacroix, Edouard Manet, Edward Burne-Jones, James Whistler, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Odilon Redon, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, and Georges Seurat--as well as superb and poignant drawings by lesser-known artists.