Francesco Granacci (1469 – 1543)

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Francesco Granacci was an Italian painter of the Renaissance. Born at Villamagna di Volterra, he trained in Florence at the studio of Domenico Ghirlandaio, and was employed in frescoes for San Marco on commission of Lorenzo de’Medici. He is featured in Giorgio Vasari’s Vite.

His early works were influenced from the style of Filippino Lippi, like the Enthroned Madonna between Saint Michael and John the Baptist (Staatliche Museen, Berlin), Adoration of the Child (Honolulu Academy of Arts) and four histories of Saint John the Baptist.

In 1508, Gramacci went to Rome, where, with other artists, he helped Michelangelo transfer cartoons to the Sistine chapel ceiling. Returning to Florence, he painted a Madonna with Child with Saints Francesco and Jerome for the convent of the Saint Agostiniani of San Gallo (now in the Gallery of the Academy), a Madonna della Cintola for the Company of San Benedetto Bigi, and in 1515 he participated in the decorations to celebrate the visit to Florence of Pope Leo X.

Madonna and Child 1520

In 1519, he painted a Madonna with Child and Saint John. Works between 1520-1525, betray a direct infuence of Fra Bartolomeo, including a Madonna in throne between Saints Sebastiano and Francesco for Castelfiorentino, Sacred Conversation for Montemurlo), while and altarpiece of the Assumption is is influenced by Pietro Perugino. In 1527, he paints the Entrance of Charles VIII into Florence and a canvas of the Ten thousand martyrs for the Church of San Simone e Giuda in Florence. He is buried in the church of Sant’Ambrogio in Florence.

Entry of Charles VIII into Florence

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