Little is known about Correggio’s uncle.
It is said that he is where Correggio gained his artistic education.
In 1503 he painted a picture for the San Francesco convent in his hometown.
In 1499 Lorenzo painted some frescoes in Count Giberto’s palace in Correggio.
Lorenzo was also married 2 times,
His first wife was Catarina Calcagni
His second wife was Maria Prato of San Martino.
In 1482 he was able to buy a small estate indicating that he must have been somewhat prosperous. Lorenzo had 3 daughters and one son by the name Quirino.
Lorenzo’s second wife and his children died before he did.
In 1527 in March he signed over his property to Antonio’s father.
In 1527 Lorenzo Allegri passed away.
Very very little is known of Giovanni.
He was born in 1469 and at the age of 56 he inherited his fathers workshop. 4 years later after inheriting the workshop Giovanni died at the age of 60.
Andrea della Robbia was the son of Marco della Robbia. He was born October 24, 1435 in Florence.
His uncle was Luca della Robbia. After the death of his uncle he took over the family studio of ceramics.
Andrea died August 4, 1525.
He was born in 1433 in Cento, Italy.
Not much is known on the artist except for that his master was Lippo Dalmasio and then he trained with Francesco Squarcione around 1455.
He was also the Master of Francesco Francia.
On February 19, 1498 Marco Zoppo died in Venice.
Antonio Allegri da Correggio
Antonio Allegri was born August 1489 in the small town of Correggio thats near Reggio Emilia.
Little i sknown of Correggio’s early life. We know that his father was a merchant and it is assumed that the beginning of his education in art began with Lorenzo Allegri; his uncle.
In Modena he began his apprenticeship with Francesco Bianchi Ferrara. He became familiar with classical criticism with other masters such as; Lorenzo Costa and Francesco Francia.
In 1506, after his trip to Mantua he returned to Correggio. In 1510 he left correggio.
In 1514 after finishing the tondos for the church in Mantua he returned back to his hometown.
In 1516 Correggio spent the majority of the remainder of his career in Parma.
He became good friends with the mannerist painter; Michelangelo Anselmi.
In 1519 Correggio married a woman by the name Girolama Francesca di Braghetis, who was also from Correggio.
In 1529, after 10 years of marriage, his wife died.
5 years later, on March 5, 1534 Correggio died at the age of 45
Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi
The artist best known as Donatello was born by the name;
Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi
He was born around 1386 in Florence, Italy. He was the son of Niccolò di Betto Bardi, a member of the wool combers guild.
Donatello was educated in the Martelli families house and eventually received early training from a goldsmith. Later on, for a short amount time, he received training from Lorenzo Ghiberti.
He also studied with Filippo Brunelleschi in Rome from 1404 to 1407. This work was also excavations giving the two reputations as treasure seekers.
Donatello made his living by working at goldsmith shops.
Eventually he found his way back to Florence assisting Lorenzo Ghiberti with the statues for the Florence Baptistery.
Between 1409 to 1411 he created the huge figure of Saint John the Evangelist.
(it occupied a niche in the cathedral until 1588. The sculpture is now housed in the Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo)
Donatello worked on the statue of Saint Mark from 1411 to 1413 for Orsanmichele.
From 1415 to 1426 Donatello created 5 statues for the Duomo, resulting in the completion of Saint George in 1417.
In 1423 he completed the Saint Louis of Toulouse for the Orsanmichele.
Cosimo de’ Medici, in 1430, commissioned from Donatello a David in bronze for the court of his Palazzo. This creation would be the work that he is most famous for. The David in Bronze was also one of the first major work of the Renaissance.
Some say that this is a reflection his own sexuality, though no knowledge of his orientation has been found or discovered in the archives of Florence.
After Donatello’s commissioner was exiled, Donatello went to Rome. Cosimo and Donatello’s return was almost uncannily at the same time.
The heirs of the famous Erasmo da Narni called upon Donatello in 1443 to come to Padua.
Donatello made his return in Florence in 1453 and eventually went to Siena around 1455.
The great master died December 13, 1466 at the age of 80 and he was burried next to his commissioner; Cosimo the Elder.
Working flagging everything and added a few people to the book (:
Posting more soon on Correggio, Strozzi, and Donatello
Bronzino was born November 17, 1503 and his full name is Agnolo di Cosimo. He was born in Florence Italy and his father was a butcher.
Bronzino was the apprentice of Raffaellino del Garbo and Pontormo at the age of 14. Bronzino was mainly influenced by Pontormo in his developing style.
Towards the end of his life he was a founding member of Accademia della Arti del Disegno.
At the time of his death Bronzino was living with his favorite pupil Alessandro Allori.
Bronzino passed away November 23, 1572 at the age of 69.
House of Medici
The House of Medici was a Power House of bankers creating one of the most well respected political and royal dynasties from late 1300’s up until 1737.
The banking began thanks to mercenary and wool trader Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici. From there he had taught his sons, Cosimo and Lorenzo, the ins and outs of banking. When Cosimo came into power Florence was in horrible shape due to the Revolt of 1378 it didn’t take long for Florence to begin thriving once more under the reign of Cosimo.
When Cosimo’s grandson, Lorenzo, came into power he was considered to be the most outstanding banker the family produced. After his death in 1492 things began to fall apart. In 1494 his son, Piero, was exiled and made numerous attempts to reclaim the beautiful city of Florence. He was eventually successful around 1512.
The family was able to rule on and off until the First Duke of Florence; Alessandro de’ Medici was assassinated in 1537. The most outstanding Medici in the 16th century was Cosimo I and he was the Grand Duke of Tuscany. He died in 1574 with his oldest son succeeding him; Francesco de’ Medici. his reign didn’t last long due to the fact that he wasn’t able to produce a male heir. He died in 1587 and his brother Ferdinando succeeded him (d. 1605). Cosimo II, Ferdinando successor reigned for 12 years and he and his wife bore 8 children. In 1621 Cosimo died of consumption. Francesco didn’t succeed hi father due to his age. His relatives instead were in power until he was old enough. Because of his extreme fascination with technology they opened an academy for scientists all over Tuscany.
Ferdinando died May 23, 1670 from apoplexy and dropsy.
Cosimo III was where the down fall really began. He persecuted the Jews in all of Tuscany and put ridiculous taxes on the population.
In the year 1705 they seemed to lack male heirs and the treasury was bankrupt. In the year 1737 Giam Gastone de’ Medici was the final Medici to die without a male heir ending the families great dynasty.
November 23, 1572
Agnolo ‘Bronzino’ di Cosimo passes away