Baccio della Porta, known as Fra Bartolommeo, died on this day in 1517 in Florence. He was 45. Recognized by Giorgio Vasari as a key player in the development of the High Renaissance style, Fra Bartolommeo was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and several Venetian painters. Trained in the workshop of Cosimo Rosselli and Piero di Cosimo, Fra Bartolommeo, like his mentors, added oil to his tempera to achieve rich tones and great subtleties of light and shadow. Baccio entered the convent of San Domenico in Prato on 26 July 1500 and professed as a friar a year later with the name Fra Bartolommeo. He eventually moved to the Florentine convent of San Marco and remained there until his death.

Reference: Ludovico Borgo and Margot Borgo. “Bartolommeo, Fra.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. .

Vision of Saint Bernard. 1504. Florence: Galleria degli Uffizi.

Madonna and Child with Saints and Angels. ca. 1510-13, black chalk, with traces of white chalk, Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 85.GB.288

Noli Me Tangere, c. 1506, oil on wood, Paris: Musée du Louvre.

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