He got his name Uccello from his partiality for painting birds, it is said.
Uccello was born in 1397 and died in 1475, but there is no evidence as to the year in which the picture was painted.
"Thou shalt see it some day,—let that suffice thee," Uccello answered.
He particularly delighted to have birds in his house, from which he drew, and from thence he obtained his surname of Uccello.
If this story be true, Uccello must have painted the picture referred to in his old age.
Uccello exclaimed, as he stood at his desk between midnight and dawn while his wife begged him to take some rest.