Andrea del Sarto

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Andrea del Sarto, self-portrait

Andrea del Sarto , actually Andrea d'Agnolo di Francesco di Luca di Paolo del Migliore , (born July 16, 1486 in Gualfonda , Florence , † September 29, 1530 in Florence) was a painter of the Italian Renaissance .


Del Sarto, son of the tailor Angelo di Francesco , which is why he was nicknamed Sarto (German tailor ), was apprenticed to a goldworker, but attracted the attention of a painter who taught him and then Piero di Cosimo through his skill in drawing accommodated. Del Sarto later worked with Franciabigio for a while ; but he formed himself preferably after Leonardo , Michelangelo and Fra Bartolommeo , whose styles he skilfully merged into his own form of expression with a strong emphasis on color without neglecting the formation of plastic forms. His models in graphic expression were Domenico Ghirlandajo and Masaccio .

In 1506 he and his friend Franciabigio, a former student of Albertinelli, set up a joint workshop.

From 1509 to 1514 he painted frescoes from the life of Philippus Benizzi , the Adoration of the Magi and the Birth of Mary (main work) in the forecourt and the cloister of the Servite Church of Santissima Annunziata in Florence. Around 1511 del Sarto had painted a baptism of Christ in a fresco gray on gray for the brotherhood of dello Scalzo.

In the years 1518/19 he worked in the entourage of Leonardo da Vinci at the court of Francis I at Fontainebleau Castle in France, but soon came back to Florence to realize his own style, which was influenced by the above artists. His painting style had a decisive influence on the art of the first third of the 16th century in Italy.

From 1515 to 1526 he continued the cycle from the life of John the Baptist . These works are characterized by a fresh naturalness, striving for varied characteristics, skillful order and grouping, harmonious coloring and graceful representation, combined with a virtuoso applied drawing.

Andrea del Sarto had many students and successors, the best known being Jacobo da Pontormo and Franciabigio . However, as Vasari writes, they later left him to join Michelangelo and go to Rome. After his vita, Andrea del Sarto ended his life in the arms of his wife, little attention from those around him and largely poor, although he had many admirers during his lifetime.



  • Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action (exhibition of part of his graphics). The Frick Collection, New York, October 7, 2015 - January 10, 2016.


Web links

Commons : Andrea del Sarto  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Olaf M. Brauner: The High-Renaissance in Italy. In: Fine Arts Journal . 1916, p. 374 , JSTOR : 25603502 .
  2. ^ Hans Kauffmann: Mannerism in Holland and the Fontainebleau School . In: Yearbook of the Prussian Art Collections . tape 44 . Berlin 1923, p. 188 .
  3. Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action The Frick Collection, accessed November 22, 2015.