Andrea Solari Biography | Oil Paintings

1460 Milan, ITA – 1524 Milan, ITA

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Andrea Solari (the painter) received his artistic training on the job from his brother Cristoforo Solari, while working extensively on the Milan Cathedral, and at the Certosa di Pavia. In 1490 he accompanied his brother to Venice, and Antonello da Messina who was actively painting in the city seems to have strongly influenced the younger Solari.

The fine portrait of a Venetian Senator displays Antonello's plastic conception of form and was painted about 1492. The two brothers returned to Milan in 1493, and Ecce Homo, notable for its strong modeling, may have been painted soon after his arrival.

Andrea Solari's earliest dated work is dated 1495, done in Murano, the Holy Family, and St. Jerome, done with a local landscape background. The Da Vinci style of the Madonna proves that Andrea after his return from Venice became strongly influenced by the great Florentine artist. Andrea Solari was one of the most important followers of Leonardo da Vinci.

In 1507 Andrea Solari went to Normandy with letters of introduction for the Cardinal of Amboise, and the Cardinal employed him for two years, working on frescoes in the Castle of Gaillon's chapel. Flanders not being that far away was visited by Solari before returning to Italy, and this accounts for the Flemish character of his later works. The artist was back in Italy in 1515, the date of the Flight into Egypt with its harmonious and detailed landscape background.

Andrea Solari's last work was an altarpiece representing The Assumption of the Virgin, left unfinished at his death and completed by Bernardino Campi about 1576.

Art Movement: Renaissance Art.
Artists Influencing Andrea Solari: Cristoforo Solari, Antonello da Messina, Leonardo Da Vinci.
He Traveled To France.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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