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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Gentile da Fabriano


Nativity
1423
Tempera on wood, 32 x 75 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Gentile da Fabriano (1370 - 1427)
He carried out important commissions in several major Italian art centres and was recognized as one of the foremost artists of his day, but most of the work on which his great contemporary reputation was based has been destroyed.
He had widespread influence (much more so initially than his great contemporary Masaccio), notably on Pisanello, his assistant in Venice, Jacopo Bellini, who worked with him in Florence, and Fra Angelico, who was his greatest heir.