b. about 1456 Florence, Italy, d. 1536 Florence, Italy
As head of one of Florence's largest painting workshops, Lorenzo di Credi was a prominent member of the city's artistic life. A goldsmith's son, by 1476 Lorenzo was working in Andrea del Verrocchio's workshop, where he created small panels of the Virgin and Child and saints at prayer. In that workshop, Lorenzo also collaborated with Leonardo da Vinci, whose early work formed the basis for Lorenzo's style. Lorenzo's art also showed affinities with Flemish and German masters. Although primarily a sculptor, Verrocchio's prosperous studio accepted orders for paintings as well as sculpture and goldsmith work. When Verrocchio left Florence for Venice in 1480, Lorenzo was serving as his chief assistant; and when Verrocchio died in 1488, Lorenzo was his heir and executor. Lorenzo guided the workshop's activities towards specialization, supplying mainly small-scale religious paintings and portraits. Known for his high level of craftsmanship, Lorenzo was a sensitive draftsman. In addition to painting, he also restored several significant Renaissance paintings, including works by Fra Angelico.
Madonna & Child