Battista Franco was a gifted draftsman, engraver and painter, born in Venice who studied in Rome early in his career. Primary information on Franco comes from Vasari who dedicated a chapter on him in the Vite, which details his influences and major projects in Rome and in Venice. Franco's primary influence was Michelangelo and he is thought to be the first to copy the frescos in the Sistine Chapel. The artist's interest extended to classical antiquity and he endeavored to record all of the classical sculptures held in private collections in Rome.
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