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Andrea del Castagno

painted painter

Painter, born in Castagno, NW Italy. After early privations he attracted the attention of Bernardetto de' Medici, who sent him to study in Florence. In c.1440 he painted some effigies of men hanged by their heels, which established his reputation as a painter of violent scenes. His celebrated ‘Last Supper’, painted for S Apollonia, is now in the Castagno Museum, as are his series of ‘Famous Men and Women’, painted for a villa at Legnaia. In his own time he was praised as a draughtsman.

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