Bartolommeo di Pagola del Fartorino, also known as Baccio della Porta
because his family home was at the Porta di San Pier Gartolino, was born
in 1472 in Soffignano near Florence. At the age of 12 he was sent to the
workshop of Cosimo Rosselli, where he studied art. He also took lessons
from Ghirlandaio. In
1490 he founded his own workshop, together with Mariotto Albertinelli.
Bartolommeo became a follower of the Dominican monk Girolamo
Savonarola and entered the Dominican order in the late nineties. He
was influenced by the works of Leonardo
da Vinci and Flemish masters, studied works of Perugino
and Bellini. The combined effect
of these influences resulted after 1512 in works which stand out in the
art of the Florentine High Renaissance. Among his best works is The
Painting of Europe. XIII-XX centuries. Encyclopedic Dictionary. Moscow. Iskusstvo. 1999.
Fra Bartolommeoby Leader Scott. IndyPublish.com, 2003.
Fra Bartolommeo: Master draughtsman of the high renaissance : a selection from the Rotterdam albums and landscape drawings from various collections by Chris Fischer. University of Washington Press, 1990.
Lives of the Artists (2 Volume Set) by Giorgio Vasari. Peter Smith Publisher Inc , 1993.