"The artist of "Portrait of St. Bernardino" was born in Pistoia, Italy, at the end of the 15th century and was the son of the Renaissance painter Bernardino del Signoraccio. Fra Paolino was ordained as a Dominican friar and was apprenticed at an early age, probably about 1503, to Tuscan painter Fra Bartolommeo in Florence. Fra Paolino’s paintings are heavily inspired by and often repeat motifs from Fra Bartolommeo. When the master died in 1517, Fra Paolino inherited his workshop and continued to work for the churches and convents belonging to congregations founded by religious and political reformer Girolamo Savonarola."
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