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Giovanni Santi or Sanzio (1430-1494 ) was an Italian painter and poet, father of Raphael. He was born at Colbordolo in the Duchy of Urbino, was a petty merchant for a time, then studied under Piero della Francesca, was influenced by Fiorenzo di Lorenzo, and seems to have been an assistant and friend of Melozzo da Forli. He was court painter to the Duke of Urbino and painted several altarpieces, two now in the Berlin Museum, a Madonna in the church of San Francesco in Urbino, one at Santa Croce on Fano, one in the National Gallery at London, and another in the gallery at Urbino; an Annunciation at the Brera in Milan; a resurrected Christ in the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest; and a Jerome in the Lateran. His work is pleasing, though mediocr   more from wikipedia »