|Dates||(Sienese), 1439 - 1501|
The coiners of the term "a true
Francesco probably trained with painter and sculptor Vecchietta; his earliest dated works are manuscript
More sophisticated than his paintings, Francesco's sculpture shows acquaintance with earlier Florentine masters such as Donatello and Lorenzo Ghiberti, along with his contemporary Antonio del Pollaiuolo.
By the 1480s Francesco was among Italy's leading architects. Working in Urbino for Federigo da Montefeltro by 1477, Francesco served as a diplomat, sculpted bronze
Francesco authored the first important Western writings on military engineering, works keenly studied by Leonardo and others.