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Il Sodoma

Sienese Renaissance Master

Il Sodoma's St Sebastian, in the Uffizi

Il Sodoma (Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, 1477–1549) was born in Piedmont, but a Sienese by choice, and although a flamboyant character was probably not quite the libertine his nickname, and Vasari’s biography, suggest. An endearing, serene artist, who usually eschewed Mannerist distortion, he got rich through his work, then blew it all feeding his exotic menagerie and died in the poorhouse. His St Sebastian in the Uffizi is his only work in Florence.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by PD Art