Ghirlandaio, Domenico (1449-1494) (Domenico Bigordi)

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D.Bigordi named Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italian painter, was born and died in Florence in 1449-1494. The origins of his artistic name, with which he is known, comes from the activity of his father, goldsmith, who made "garlands" for the head-dresses of the Florentine noble women. In the beginning he was charmed by the style of A.Baldovinetti: Santi in the Pieve di Cercina, and cycle of frescoes with the Storie di Santa Fina in the Collegiata di San Gimignano (1475). Together with his brothers Davide and Benedetto, and with Bastiano Mainardi, Domenico organized a very active studio, which brought him success in Florence, most of all after his participation (1481-1482) in decoration of the walls in Sistine Chapel in Vatican, next to Perugino, Botticelli, Cosimo Rosselli, etc.

Ghirlandaio became a favorite painter of the Florentine families close to Medici. The artist executed several fresco cycles, putting Medici next to main heroes of sacred stories: Storie di San Francesco (see on the right: Conferma della regola) in the Cappella Sassetti in Santa Trinita (1485); Storie della Vergine e del Battista in the choir of the church Santa Maria Novella, depicted for the Tornabuoni between 1486 and 1490.
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Among other famous works of Domenico are: Adorazione dei pastori (Florence, Santa Trinita), Adorazione dei Magi (Florence, Ospedale degli Innocenti), Visitazione (Paris, Louvre), Madonna in gloria e santi (Monaco, Alte Pin.); and some portraits, such as Vecchio e nipote (Paris, Louvre); Francesco Sassetti e il figlio (New York, Metropolitan Mus.).

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