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Baccio Delia Porta

Baccio Delia Porta, known more generally as "Fra Bartolommeo" di San Marco, the name he assumed when under the influence of Savonarola he became a Dominican, was born at Savignano in 1469. He distinguished himself early as a painter by his powerful colouring, skilful treatment of drapery, and knowledge of the human form. He was the precursor and teacher of Raphael. On entering the monastery at Florence, in 1500, he devoted himself exclusively to religious art, and his St. Mark and St. Sebastian are the finest of his works. To him is attributed the first use of the mannikin or jointed lay figure. He died in 1517.

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