Franciabigio (1484 -
The greatest wisdom and
prudence that a man can possess is to know himself, and to
refrain from exalting himself beyond his true worth (Georgio Vasari)
Francesco di Cristofano,
called Franciabigio, was born on January 30, 1484, in Santa
Maria in Verzaia. His father, Cristofano di Milano, was a
poor cloth-maker, and when he died, the family subsisted on
what Franciabigio earned with his brush, which may be why he
Franciabigio painted frescoes, altarpieces and portraits,
for which he is chiefly remembered. He died in Florence, on
January 14, 1525, most likely of bubonic plague, and was
buried in San Pancrazio.
See his biography
from Georgio Vasari, Lives of the Most
Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects.
portrait, attributed to Franciabigio, and his Madonna at the
Well at the Uffizi.
McKillop, Susan Regan: Franciabigio.
Berkeley : University of California Press or: Hacker
Art Books, 1974.
Vasari, Georgio: Lives of the Most Eminent Painters,
Sculptors and Architects, 1538.