Paintings in depth: Verrocchio unveiled
Legacy and workshop
Andrea del Verrocchio has long been celebrated as one of the greatest sculptors of the Italian Renaissance. However, as a painter, Verrocchio has become chiefly celebrated as a teacher.
As a result, almost all of the pictures recognised as coming from Verrocchio’s workshop have been attributed to one or other of his famous pupils and assistants (sometimes thought to be working in concert). What then did Verrocchio paint himself? Why did all these talented young painters want to learn from him?
The cleaning and restoration of two pictures at the National Gallery has helped answer these difficult questions.