The Conditions of Apprenticeship
Neri di Bicci was perhaps unlucky with his apprentices, or treated them badly (some of the clauses in this agreement may suggest exploitation). His private records between 1455 and 1473 show that among more than twenty apprentices he had during this period, about a third walked out on him before their time was up. Rosselli was only 17 in 1456 and stayed briefly. The breach of contract did not lead to proceedings: in this case an accommodation was evidently reached, and Neri paid him fairly. Rosselli’s work (in the Sistine Chapel, for instance) does not suggest an individual genius beyond the scope of his temporary master.