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MELZI, Francesco (1493 - 1570), Painter

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913
MELZI, Francesco (1493 - 1570), Painter

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Italian, 16th century, male.

Born 1493, in Milan; died c. 1570, in Milan.


Francesco Melzi belonged to a noble family and was Leonardo's pupil and friend. The very rare works attributed to him show considerable talent. The gravest criticism that can be levelled at him is that he remained too close to his prestigious master. Melzi joined Leonardo in Rome and shared his quarters from 1513

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Subjects: Art ; Biographical Studies

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