Happy Birthday Andrea del Sarto!! Born in 1486, the Italian painter was working in Florence during the time Michelangelo and Raphael were in Rome. He had incredible feel for color and tone in his fresco painting. Soft light bathes his scenes in a Mannerist style. Unfortunately Del Sarto died prematurely at age 45, probably from the plague. I have included his Madonna del Arpie, which is considered a precursor for Mannerism.