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Stefano di Giovanni, known as Sassetta, was an important painter of the Sienese school. Born c. 1400, possibly in Siena, he trained in the International Gothic Style, expressed in elegant work with naturalistic detail. He seems to have been interested in the Florentine school's use of perspective but never to have mastered the technique. Sassetta's style is distinguished by his use of color, and the cycle of the life of St. Francis he did at Sansepolcro is considered the most significant of his paintings. The scenes are praised for both technical achievement and spiritual expression. Thought to have died c. 1450, Sassetta maintained the religious atmosphere of MediŠval art but pointed the way to the technical changes of Renaissance art.
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