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A young and intransigent artist, Tintoretto never left Venice and although he died at the age of 29, his works adorn many of Venice’s Palaces and Churches. According to one of his biographers, he wrote this description of his works on the wall of his study: "Michelangelo’s drawing and Titian’s colouring".


Born in 1599 the son of an upper class family, Van Dyck began his career as an apprentice to Hendrik Van Balen, whose "Romanist" influence on the young painter almost killed the artist’s own creativity. However, after spending years painting mytholigical and religious scenes, Van Dyck finally realised that he wanted to paint the pyschological aspect of man, and in fact he is today known as one of Europe’s greatest portrait painters 


A devoted pupil of the master Domenico the Venetian, Piero Della Francesca worked for him in 1439 in Florence, where he was also able to study the works of great artists such as Masaccio, Donatello and Dell’Angelico and the artistic and architectural theories of Brunelleschi and Dell’Alberti. During his stay in Florence the young artist was fascinated by all the pomp and circumstance of the courts of the period and even many years later his work still reflected his impressive memories of that splendid year.


The most important Genoese painter, Bernardo Strozzi grew up and lived his life in the stimulating surroundings of the busy port of Genoa. Occasionally, he enriched his style under the influence of great artists who were passing through, two such maestros being Caravaggio and Pieter Paul Rubens. Bernardo Strozzi died as a priest in 1644


Born around 1400, this great artist was underestimated probably because of his simple and devout soul. Many of his works can be seen in the museums around the world, however the majority of them are in St. Marks monastery in Florence where he lived for many years and where, in the corridors and cells only recently declared public property, he left a series of frescoes which are the permanent sign of his genius. 


The fact that he was a genius is clearly demonstrated in his paintings, but he was also a violent and disturbed man. He spent his life passing through the wealth of Palaces and the depths of poverty.

Nevertheless, his paintings opened up a whole new aspect in art and contained characters never seen before. He was also the true founder of the "still life" genre. Caravaggio died tragically on the beach of Porto Ercole in 1610 but his paintings still remain a turning point in the world of art.