Antonello da Messina (1430-1479), or Antonello di Giovanni di Antonio, was an Italian painter from Messina, Sicily, active during the Early Italia Renaissance. His artworks are influenced by Early Netherlandish painting. However, there is no official evidence that he ever travelled beyond Italy. Giorgio Vasari claimed that Antonello da Messina introduced the oil painting into Italy. His masterpieces made an influence on painters in northern Italy, especially in Venice.