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Caldara, Polidoro called Polidoro da Caravaggiolocked


Italian, 16th century, male.

Born 1492, in Caravaggio near Milan; died 1543, in Messina.

Painter, fresco artist, draughtsman, decorative designer. Mythological subjects, religious subjects, historical subjects, battles, portraits, landscapes. Ornaments.

Polidoro Caldara began work at a very young age; Vasari tells us that he was employed by artists, notably by Giovanni da Udine, and worked at the Vatican fetching and carrying materials for fresco painters. As a young apprentice he soon began to show a great aptitude for art, practising his skills in his free moments; his drawings caught the eye of Raphael, who took him on as a student. He worked so well under Raphael's guidance that the master commissioned him to paint some frescoes at the Vatican....

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