Pescia, Mariano Da

Pescia, Mariano Da an Italian painter, was a native of Pescia. His real name was Mariano Gratiadei, He was born about 1520, and was a scholar of Ridolfo Ghirlandaio (not, as is said, of Domenico G., who died about 1493), whom he assisted in many of his works. He also painted some pictures from his own compositions, of which the principal are an altar-piece in the Capella della Signoria, in the Palazzo Vecchio at Florence, and a picture of the Virgin and the Infant Jesus, with St. Elizabeth and St. John, in the Florentine gallery. It is agreed by all that Pescia died young, but the time of his birth and death is variously stated. Zani says he died in 1520; others that he was born in 1520 or 1525, and died at Florence in 1550. See Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, 2:682.

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