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Andrea Meldola or Meldolla, renamed Schiavone because he was born in Dalmatia, had the undisputed merit of inventing a new style of Venetian Renaissance painting that saw many admirers among his colleagues, in particular he was a point of reference for Domenico Tintoretto, Carracci and El Greco.

He was born between 1510 and 1515 into a family coming from Romagna, specifically from Meldola, and residing in the Dalmatian city due to the work carried out by Andrea's father: the head of the family, in fact, was an official of the Serenissima in Zara.

Although the information about his life is imprecise and uncertain, it is assumed that he moved to Venice at a young age where he undertook his studies to become a painter and engraver; in the lagoon city, he left significant evidence of his work in churches and public buildings. Certainly, he was already a mature painter in 1540, the year Giorgio Vasari commissioned him to paint the now unfortunately lost work Battaglia (Battle) for Ottaviano de' Medici. Vasari himself wrote, in the 1568 edition of Lives, of the final product he produced: '...it was one of the best that Andrea Schiavone ever did and truly beautiful'.

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