Francesco di Cristofano (called Franciabigio), was originally from Milan. Vasari says he was trained by Albertini. His style was influenced by the work of Fra Bartolommeo and Andrea del Sarto, his collaborator.
In narrative paintings such as the fresco of the 'Last Supper' in Florence, Franciabigio's work lacks the sophistication of Sarto or of Pontormo. He is more successful in his less ambitious works, notably his portraits.