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Francesco Granacci

Pupil of Ghirlandaio

Granacci's Joseph presents his Brothers

Born in Villamagna di Volterra, Francesco Granacci (1469-1543) was a pupil of Domenico Ghirlandaio alongside Michelangelo, and became a lifelong friend of Il Divino. The pair were sent to Lorenzo de' Medici to study under sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni (1425 – 1491) in the Medici garden near San Marco, and Granacci's first job under Lorenzo was to work on the church.

In 1508 he went to Rome to help Michelangelo transfer his cartoons to the Sistine Chapel ceiling, after which his style took on a more Michelangelesque look. Most of his work has since left Florence for the US and UK, but there's a panel of Joseph Presenting His Brothers to Pharaoh in the Uffizi.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: PD Art