Volterra, Daniele da (1509-1566) (Daniele Ricciarelli)

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Daniele Ricciarelli, named Daniele da Volterra, Italian painter was born in Volterra in circa 1509 and died in Rome in 1566. He was educated by Sodoma and Peruzzi, and later in Rome - by Perin del Vaga, with who Volterra worked in Cappella del Crocifisso in the church San Marcello al Corso. The frieze with the Storie di Fabio Massimo in the Palazzo Massimo shows the interest of the artist to the elegant decorative rhythm of the Raphael's school; while Deposizione in the Cappella Orsini in the church Trinita' dei Monti (circa 1545) appears to be more oriented on the style of Michelangelo. With the time Volterra became one of the most considerable followers of the latter: Assunta (Cappella Rovere in Trinita's dei Monti); Davide e Golia (Paris, Louvre). In 1564 the artist was en-charged to cover the nude figures of Michelangelo's Giudizio Universale in the Sistine Chapel, considered to be "indecent" by the pope Paul IV; because of this fact Volterra received a humble nick-name "brachettone", which means "the big front part of panties".

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