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Giovan Battista Naldini (c. 1537 - 1591)
  • Place of Birth: Fiesole, Italy
  • Place of Death: Florence, Italy
Works of Art

A pupil of Pontormo, Naldini developed an expressive style characterized by sculptural, serpentine figures arranged in elegant compositions, painted with a subtle palette of soft reds, greens and yellows. Recorded in Rome in 1557, he returned to Florence c. 1562, where he became a founder member of the Academia del Disegno (1563) and worked for the Medici under the direction of Giorgio Vasari. In the late 1570s be returned to Rome where he collaborated with Balducci on the frescoes in the Altoviti Chapel, Santa Trinità dei Monti. Although his late work demonstrates an awareness of late mannerism, he retained his distinctive graceful manner, which influenced subsequent developments in seventeenth-century Florentine art through the work of his pupils, including Giovanni Balducci, Francesco Curradi and Domenico Passignano.