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

He was born between 1510 and 1515 into a family from Romagna, precisely from Meldola and residing in the Dalmatian city because of the work done 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 inaccurate and uncertain, it is assumed that he moved at a young age to Venice where he studied to become a painter and engraver; in the lagoon city he left relevant evidence of his work in churches and public offices. Certainly, he was already a mature painter in 1540, the year in which Giorgio Vasari commissioned him to create the work Battaglia, now sadly lost, destined for Ottaviano de 'Medici. Vasari himself wrote, in the 1568 edition of Vite, of the final product: "... it was the best that Andrea Schiavone ever made and truly beautiful".

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