Giulio Romano, also known as Giulio Pippi, (c. 1499 – 1 November 1546) was an Italian painter and architect. A pupil of Raphael, his stylistic deviations from high Renaissance classicism help define the 16th-century style known as Mannerism. Giulio's drawings have long been treasured by collectors; contemporary prints of them engraved by Marcantonio Raimondi were a significant contribution to the spread of 16th-century Italian style throughout Europe.
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Giulio Romano was probably apprenticed to Raphael when quite young, and by 1514 he is recorded as Raphael's assistant in the Vatican. His greatest achievements were monumental fresco cycles and architectural projects, which he conceived and oversaw. Giulio's contemporaries particularly praised the facility and inventiveness of his drawing. Most of his career was spent in Mantua, as court artist for Federico II Gonzaga.
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