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Maso Finiguerra

(1426—1464)


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(b Florence, Mar. 1426; bur. Florence, 24 Aug. 1464).

Florentine goldsmith, engraver, designer, and the most famous craftsman of the day in niello (a type of decorative metal inlay). Vasari asserts that Finiguerra was the inventor of copper engraving and although this claim has been discredited, the technique did develop in Italy as an extension of niello work. He is said to have often worked from designs by Antonio Pollaiuolo.


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