Andrea da Firenze

(d. 1378)

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(d ?Florence ?1378).

Florentine painter, first documented in 1346. He is remembered mainly for his frescos (1366–8) in the chapter house (now known as the Spanish Chapel) of S. Maria Novella, Florence. This is a church of the Dominican Order, and the frescos—which form the most impressive Florentine cycle of the time—are concerned with the power of the Church in general and the importance of the Dominicans in particular. The best-known scene in the scheme, covering an entire wall of the chapel, is The Triumph of the Church, which features a pack of dogs protecting the sheep of the Christian flock (domini canes—‘dogs of the Lord’—a pun on Dominicans), and also a view of Florence Cathedral showing it imaginatively completed, with a dome similar to the one eventually begun by Brunelleschi in 1420 (Andrea was among the artists who had been consulted over the construction of the building). His dignified style is similar to that of Orcagna.

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