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Cosimo Rosselli
Dates: Italian, 1439 - 1507
Biographical Account: Rosselli and his workshop worked in Florence during the mid to late 1400s. He came from an artistic background and therefore was able to work as an assistant to his cousin, also called Rosselli. Rosselli also had an apprenticeship with the artist Neri di Bicci and possibly with Benozzo Gozzoli, a celebrated artist of the period.
Rosselli worked mostly in Florence and the surrounding area but in 1480 was called to Rome by Pope Sixtus IV to assist in the painting of the Sistine Chapel. Here he worked alongside the more prominent artists, Botticelli, Perugino and Ghirlandaio. John Ruskin thought that the Pope chose Rosselli for the bright colours he liked using.
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