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Daniele da Volterra

1509-1566 Italy/High Renaissance-Mannerism


Brief Biography-Daniele Ricciarelli was known as Daniele da Volterra (Daniele from Volterra). He trained under Giovanni Bazzi, Il Sodoma, and Baldassare Peruzzi in Siena at an early age. In Rome, he befriended Michelangelo, who directed him with several works. Pope Paul IV later engaged him to paint cloths over nude figures in Michelangelo‚Äôs Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel, which famously earned him the nickname Il Bragghetone (Breeches Maker). Scholars compare his works with Michelangelo, Raphael and Domenichino. His most notable work is the Massacre of the Innocents, now in the Uffizi Gallery and the Deposition in the Cappella Orsini at the Trinit√† dei Monti in Rome, which took seven years. When Pope Paul III died in 1549, Pope Julius III deprived Daniele of his post as Superintendent and his pension, and he committed his later years to sculpture.


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beheading of saint
john the baptist

beheading of saint john the baptist

descent from
the cross

descent from the cross

massacre of the

massacre of the innocents

the presentation
of the virgin

the presentation of the virgin