(c. 1535-1612) Italian artist. Based in Urbino, he painted religious themes in a highly colored, sensitive style that falls between Renaissance and Baroque. Many of his pictures such as his Holy Family about 1570 show the influence of Raphael (also from Urbino) and Correggio.
He decorated the palace of the Cardinal della Rovere with frescoes, and at the invitation of Pope Plus IV assisted in the decoration of the Belvedere. He developed a soft and mannered style from the study of Raphael and Correggio but combined it with a sense of “theater” in which the development of Baroque and 17th-century religious painting is foreshadowed. His Madonna del Popolo (Uffizi) is a famous and characteristic painting.