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Lorenzo di Credi

G. Dalli Regoli

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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[Lorenzo d’Andrea d’Oderigo]

(b Florence, c. 1456; d Florence, 1536).

Italian painter and draughtsman. He was a fellow pupil of Leonardo da Vinci and Perugino in the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio. In 1482–3 he took over the workshop, and by 1490–1500 he occupied an important position in Florentine art life. He is known primarily for his devotional paintings, although he was also much in demand as a portrait painter and was a sensitive draughtsman.

He was the son of the goldsmith Andrea di Oderigo Barducci who died leaving his family in difficult economic circumstances. The name Credi (Tancredi) had belonged to a forebear and was also given to an elder brother of Lorenzo’s. By 1480, according to the catasto (land registry declaration) made by Lorenzo’s mother, Lisa, he was already working in Andrea del Verrocchio’s workshop for the very low wages of 12 florins a year. However, it is not known precisely how Verrocchio’s workshop was organized, and it is possible that in addition to official wages his pupils were also given partial payment for the work they executed to Verrocchio’s designs or on which they collaborated....

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