Bicci di Lorenzo


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(1373–1452). Florentine painter and architect from a dynasty of artists whose workshop thrived despite indifference to current developments in Renaissance art. His early work is derived from the trecento manner of his father, Lorenzo di Bicci, but the first quarter of the 15th century saw Bicci's art develop into a popular, workmanlike style that was in great demand. The ornate triptych of the Virgin and Child with Saints (1435; Bibbiena, SS Ippolito e Donato) is typical of Bicci's taste for decorative qualities and the deployment of stock figures against a gold background. The studio was employed on several major projects in Florence, notably the cathedral and the hospital of S. Maria Nuova for which Bicci provided fresco decorations, altarpieces, and architectural models. By the 1440s, Bicci's son Neri took over the running of the workshop, ensuring the continuation of his father's manner into the next generation.

From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Art.

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