Pollaiuolo

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Pollaiuolo

(Italian pollajˈwɔːlo)
n
1. (Biography) Antonio (anˈtɔːnjo), ?1432–98, Florentine painter, sculptor, goldsmith, and engraver: his paintings include the Martyrdom of St Sebastian
2. (Biography) his brother Piero (ˈpjɛːro). ?1443–96, Florentine painter and sculptor
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His drawings after Andrea Mantegna and Antonio Pollaiuolo reflected his appreciation of Italian painting, which at its peak was guided by knowledge of geometry and proportion.
In The Nude, Kenneth Clark writes of Antonio Pollaiuolo's Hercules compositions that 'These alone are enough to distinguish Pollajuolo as one of the two or three chief masters of the nude in action and as one of the originating forces in the history of European art, whose importance has been underrated partly owing to the accidents of time, and partly, perhaps, owing to a name which looks difficult to pronounce.' The other reason why Antonio--and indeed the less talented Piero--Pollaiuolo have not received the recognition they deserve is that there has never been a truly comprehensive monograph devoted to them.
Alison Wright's article is also concerned with a rural topic: Antonio Pollaiuolo's enigmatic dancing nudes in the Lanfredini Villa at Arcetri.