The biography of Mariotto Albertinelli (1474 - 1515)

Mariotto di Bigio di Bindo Albertinelli (October 13, 1474 - November 5, 1515) was a High Renaissance Italian painter of the Florentine school, closely involved with Fra Bartolomeo and influenced by Raphael.

He was born in Florence. Already as a 12-year old boy, he became a pupil of Cosimo Rosselli. Trained by Rosselli, in whose studio he met Fra Bartolomeo. The two went into partnership in 1508 and later painted many works together.

Mariotto was a most restless person and carnal in the affairs of love and apt to the art of living, and, taking a dislike to the studies and brain-wracking necessary to painting, he resolved to give himself to a less laborious and more jovial profession, and so opened the most lovely hostelry outside the Porta San Gallo, and at the sign of the Dragon at the Ponte Vecchio a tavern and inn. This life he led for many months, but at last the low life became an annoyance to him, and he returned to painting.

Among his many students were Jacopo da Pontormo, Innocenzo di Pietro Francucci da Imola and Giuliano Bugiardini.

His style, similar to that of Fra Bartolommeo, is characterized by simple dignity and monumentality and shows particularly the influence of Leonardo da Vinci in its aristocratic, smiling figures, intimate compositions, and strong contrast of light and dark. His paintings are elegant but rather insipid. His best work is the Visitation of the Virgin (1503) in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.