(b Florence, c.1458; d Florence, 12 Jan. 1537).
Florentine painter. He was a fellow pupil of Leonardo in Verrocchio's workshop and he seems to have stayed there until Verrocchio's death in 1488, managing the painting side of his master's varied business. He was a very fine craftsman, but his style lacked individuality. His early work is in an extremely prosaic version of Leonardo's youthful style; later he absorbed some of the ideas of the High Renaissance. He had several pupils and seems to have had a fairly successful career with his solid, unspectacular skills. It is said that in the 1490s he was influenced by the teachings of Savonarola (see Bartolommeo; Botticelli) and destroyed all his pictures with profane subjects.