Bianchini a family of eminent artists, who wrought mosaic pictures at Venice in the 16th century. The most eminent of these were VINCENZIO, who flourished from 1517 till his death in 1552; DOMENICO, his brother; and GIOVANNI ANTONIO, his son. They were employed in the churches of Venice. The art of mosaicwork had at this time been brought to such perfection at Venice that Vasari declared "that it would not be possible to effect more with colors." There are a number of mosaic pictures in the churches, galleries, and public edifices of Italy, especially at Florence, Milan, Rome, and Venice, and some of the greatest artists were employed to furnish designs for them. It will be sufficient to mention the chapel of the Mascoli, at Venice, which contains the famous series of pictures of the Life of the Virqin, executed by Michele Zambono, after designs in the best taste of the Vivarini. The Ducal Gallery at Florence is also rich in specimens of this art.

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