Taddeo Gaddi

(d. 1366)

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(d Florence, 1366).

Florentine painter, the son of a painter and mosaicist Gaddo Gaddi (dc.1330). According to Cennino Cennini, Taddeo was Giotto's godson and worked with him for 24 years. He was one of the leading Florentine artists of his day and in 1347 he headed a list of the best living painters made for the purpose of choosing a master to paint an altarpiece for S. Giovanni Fuorcivitas, Pistoia. His best-known works were painted for S. Croce, Florence, notably the frescos devoted to the life of the Virgin in the Baroncelli Chapel (c.1330), and the panels illustrating the life of Christ (c.1335), originally meant for the doors of a sacristy cupboard and now scattered among museums in Florence (Accademia), Munich (Alte Pin.), and Berlin (Gemäldegalerie). Many other panels are attributed to him and he must have had a flourishing workshop. Although he transmitted the tradition of Giotto, his style is less heroic and more anecdotal. Gaddi's son Agnolo (bur. Florence, 16 Oct. 1396) continued the Giotto tradition but modified it still further in the direction of decorative elegance. His cool, pale colours influenced the refined late Gothic style of artists of the next generation such as Lorenzo Monaco. Agnolo's works include frescos on the story of the Cross in the chancel of S. Croce (c.1390) and on the story of the Virgin and her girdle in the Chapel of the Holy Girdle in Prato Cathedral (1392–5). Many panel paintings also are attributed to him.

Subjects: Art — History by Period.

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