sculptor, medallist, goldsmith, and architect; b. about 1509 (at Arezzo, Italy); d. July 22, 1590.
Leoni appears to have worked at first in Venice. Like his enemy, Benvenuto Cellini, he was a man of violent temperament. He was imprisoned in the galleys for murder, but was liberated by the great admiral, Andrea Doria, at Genoa, and was placed in charge of the imperial mint at Milan. He became the preferred sculptor of the Emperor Charles V, at one time having his atelier in the imperial palace at Brussels. The greater part of his life was spent at Milan. His palace at Milan, built by himself, is famous for the colossal half-length figures of its facade. One of Leoni's finest works is the statue of Terrante Gonzaga at Guastalla, Lombardy.
Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti)
painter; b. September 29, 1518; d. May 31, 1594.
Ridolfi's Maraviglie is the principal source of information about Tintoretto. He served a short apprenticeship with Titian and Schiavone. Tintoretto was a most prolific painter, and the greater part of his work is to be found in Venice. The most important of his mural pictures are in the church of S. Maria del'Orto, the Scuola di S. Rocco, and the Doge's Palace.