Rosso Fiorentino died on 14 November 1540 at Fontainebleau. The artist had traveled there to enter the service of Francis I, King of France, who had gathered around him a number of Italian artists including Rosso, Primaticcio, and Cellini. Rosso is recognized as one of the leading first-generation Mannerists, and he is celebrated for his originality, striking colors, and intense drama.
Music-making Angel, oil on panel, 1518 (Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi)
Ognissanti Altarpiece, tempera on panel, 1518 (Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi)
The Dead Christ with Angels, ca. 1524–27 (Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 58.527)
Moses Defending Jethro’s Daughters, oil on canvas, 1523 (Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi); Photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY
Deposition, oil on panel, 1521 (Volterra, Pinacoteca Comunale); Photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY
Château of Fontainebleau, Galerie François I by Rosso Fiorentino and Francesco Primaticcio, 1532–9; photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY