Santi di Tito
16th century Florentine VS
(Sansepolcro (Arezzo), Italy, 1536 - 1603, Florence)
Santi di Tito was the first and most important Florentine painter to reform the dominant, Mannerist style of Vasari and his circle. He was himself schooled in that style, its Roman equivalent, and especially the work of Bronzino, but even his earliest paintings show a reaction against its complex artifice and a return to the simpler compositions and clearer rhetoric of the High Renaissance and Raphael in particular. Later, stimulated by Venetian painting, Santi’s added to these deliberately conservative schemes a more naturalistic color and atmospheric light that were new to Florentine painting. His works after around 1570 represent the school’s best examples of Counter Reformation style and best predictions of the early Baroque. Many of the principal painters of the next generation would come from his workshop.