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 Bartolomeo della Gatta



Bartolomeo della Gatta [Pietro di Antonio Dei]

(b Florence, 1448; d Florence, Dec 1502).

Italian painter, illuminator and architect. The son of a goldsmith, he was enrolled in the Florentine goldsmiths’ guild at the age of five. Later he must have frequented the workshops of Antonio and Piero Pollaiuolo and, particularly, that of Andrea Verrocchio, where the major artists of his generation, such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Leonardo da Vinci, Lorenzo di Credi, Perugino and Signorelli, used to meet. He probably also had contacts with artists in Arezzo, especially Piero della Francesca, and in Urbino, where Piero, Melozzo da Forlí, Donato Bramante, Justus of Ghent and Pedro Berruguete worked. Early links with Urbino are also suggested by his friendship, noted by Vasari, with Gentile de’ Becchi of Urbino (later Bishop of Arezzo) and by a miniature of the Martyrdom of St Agatha, definitely by his hand, in gradual D of Urbino Cathedral (Cathedral archv). In 1468 he took holy orders, probably in the Camaldolese monastery of S Maria degli Angeli, Florence, which his brother Nicolò had already entered. In 1470 he was in Arezzo at the convent of S Maria in Gradi and had the adopted name of Bartolomeo (‘della Gatta’ apparently refers to his fondness for a female cat). He spent most of the rest of his life in Arezzo, where he became abbot of S Clemente.



Archangel St Michael



St Roch In Front Of The Fraternita Dei Laici In Arezzo



The Lady Of The Assumption Gives St Thomas Her Belt



Stigmata of St Francis



Madonna and Child with Sts James and Christopher
c. 1486



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