But you see, art in Renaissance Italy was very much a collaborative business.
Painters and sculptors worked in a workshop. It was almost like a small business run by a master artist.
You see, to deal with a wide variety of commissions they received, orders basically, for specific types of art, specific projects, to handle these, master artists often employed assistants as apprentices.
And this was especially so if they worked on a large scale, huge paintings or sculptures, or if they were much in demand, like Raphael, for instance.
He worked on some large paintings. He painted frescos for the Vatican. He also received a great many commissions.
There’s no way he could have completed every part of every project all by himself.
Now, these assistants might work for the master artist on a temporary or a permanent basis.
And they might also specialize. For example, in Raphael’s workshop, which might be called Raphael Incorporated, one of the assistants specialized in animals.
He actually painted a good number of the animals in Raphaels’ art.