Monday, August 27, 2012

Sano di Pietro

L'Ange de l'Annonciation
late fifteenth century
Gold ground on poplar
40.5 x 34 cm
Musée du Petit Palais, Avignon, Vaucluse, France

Sano di Pietro (1406–1481) was an Italian painter and illuminator, active in Siena. In the mid-1400s, his workshop was the busiest in Siena. He and his assistants mass produced scores of devotional panels, often for religious fraternities. He wasn't merely a painter of altar pieces. He also produced frescoes, miniatures, and book bindings. Book bindings are exquisite little paintings that went on the spine of a book.

In addition to his own painting and overseeing the pupils and assistants in his workshop, he was also part of the civic fabric of Siena. There are city records showing his participation. In 1431 and 1442 he was the leader of the San Donato district of Siena. He was also emplloyed as an arbitrator. It was, however, as a painter that he made his living. After a long and successful career he died in 1481. His death notice read; A famous painter and a man wholly dedicated to God.