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Andrea del Verrocchio Florentine Renaissance painter and sculptor

born in Florence (1435) and died in Venice (1488), aged 53

The Bargello Florence see all

Exterior wall of Orsanmichele Florence see all

National Gallery of Art London see all

Palazzo Vecchio Florence see all

Pistoia Cathedral Pistoia see all

Uffizi: Hall 15 – Leonardo Florence see all

Bronze Sculpture

Oil Painting

Tempera Painting

Baptism of Christ see all

David and Goliath see all

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1450s aged 15 to 25

As a result of a tragic stone-throwing game with his Florentine compatriots, Andrea del Verrocchio kills Antonio di Domenico, a woodworker aged 14. He is imprisoned and tried for involuntary manslaughter, but released soon afterward, the judges being used to stone-throwing cases, not unusual in in Florence. Verrocchio is guilt-stricken for the rest of his life, and it’s thought the accidental death was the reason he didn’t put a stone in the hand of his celebrated David.

1453 aged 18

Andrea del Verrocchio studies with goldsmith Andrea Dei in Florence.

Andrea del Verrocchio becomes a student of a man and goldsmith called Andrea Dei over the course of three years until 1456.

1457 aged 22

Andrea del Verrocchio becomes affiliated with Francesco di Luca Verrocchio, taking on his patronymic.

1465 aged 30

Andrea del Verrocchio works on the lavabo of the Old Sacristy in San Lorenzo, Florence.

Andrea del Verrocchio executes the funerary monument to Cosimo de' Medici for the crypt under the altar of San Lorenzo.

1467 aged 32 in Florence

The Tribunale della Mercanzia, the judicial organ of the Guilds in Florence, commissions from Andrea del Verrocchio a bronze group portraying Christ and St. Thomas for the centre tabernacle.

Leonardo da Vinci is sent to Florence to work as apprentice to Andrea del Verrocchio.

Andrea del Verrocchio works on a tempera painting called Madonna of the Milk over the course of two years until 1469.

Andrea del Verrocchio works on a bronze sculpture called Christ and St. Thomas over the course of sixteen years until 1483.

1468 aged 33 in Florence

Andrea del Verrocchio makes a bronze candlestick (1.57 metres high) for Signoria of Florence.

Andrea del Verrocchio is contracted to make a golden ball (palla) to be placed on top of the lantern of Brunelleschi's cupola on the Duomo in Florence.

1470 aged 35 in Rome

Andrea del Verrocchio makes a voyage to Rome in the early 1470s.

Andrea del Verrocchio works on a tempera painting called Tobias and the Angel over the course of ten years until 1480.

1472 aged 37

Andrea del Verrocchio works on an oil painting called The Baptism of Christ over the course of three years until 1475.

1473 aged 38 in Arno

Andrea del Verrocchio works on a bronze sculpture called David over the course of two years until 1475.

August 5

Leonardo da Vinci produces a pen and ink drawing of the Arno valley that is dated to this day. It is said to be one of the earliest Italian landscape drawings that focuses on the particular character of the location.

1476 aged 41

Leonardo da Vinci is anonymously accused, along with three others, of committing sodomy with Jocopo Salterelli (a 17-year-old part-time model in Verrocchio’s studio).

1478 aged 43

Leonardo da Vinci leaves Verrocchio's studio and is no longer resident at his father's house.

1483 aged 48 in Venice and Ferrara

Andrea del Verrocchio opens a workshop in Venice to work on the statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni, leaving his pupil Lorenzo di Credi in charge of his workshop in Florence.

June 21

In a tabernacle in Orto Sa' Michele there was placed the figure of San Tommaso beside Jesus, and the Jesus in bronze, which is the most beautiful thing imaginable, and the finest head of the Saviour that has as yet been made; it is by Andrea del Verrocchio.

Source: A Florentine Diary, p. 37-8

1488 aged 53 in Venice

October 10

Students

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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Florentine High Renaissance anatomist, painter, architect, sculptor, military engineer, scientist, inventor and writer

Lorenzo di Credi Florentine Renaissance painter

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Parents

Michele di Francesco Cioni Florentine man and tax collector

Teachers

Andrea Dei Florentine Early Renaissance man and goldsmith

Followers

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