Andrea Schiavone

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Andrea Meldolla also known as Andrea Schiavone or Andrea Lo Schiavone <!-- (c. 1510/1515–1563) was an Italian The Oxford Dictionary of Art. Web. 27 Apr. 2011. Renaissance painter and etcher, active mainly in Venice.


Meldolla was born in the Venetian-ruled city of Zara in Dalmatia, now Zadar in CroatiaBecause of his birthplace, Lo Schiavone appears in Croatian literature and history of art exclusively as Andrija Medulić, which is the Croatian version of his name. His Italian nickname, Schiavone, meant "Slav" in Old Italian - the ethnonym Schiavone usually indicated origins in parts of Croatia (Dalmatia or Istria) under the rule of the Republic of Venice., the son of a garrison commander of a post nearby. His family was originally from the small town of Meldola, close to the city of Forlì in Romagna.

He trained either in Zara or in Venice. Lomazzo stated, in a book of 1584, that he was a pupil of Parmigianino, but this has been doubted. There are unproven claims that he trained with Bonifazio de Pitati. He worked in fresco, panel painting, and etching (teaching himself to etch by working initially from drawings by Parmigianino). By 1540, he was well enough established in Venice that Giorgio Vasari commissioned him a large battle picture (which the Florentine author mentions in his Lives). Although initially much...
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