Michele Giambono

(c. 1400—1462)

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(c. 1400–62). Venetian painter who was one of the greatest exponents of the full-blown late Gothic style in 15th-century Venice. Despite coming into contact with the art of Donatello in Padua and Andrea del Castagno in Venice, he expressed little interest in early 15th-century Florentine innovations in space and form. On the basis of his shimmering panel of S. Michael (c. 1440?; Settignano, I Tatti) Giambono's style is characterized by rich surface textures and colour, remarkable attention to detail, and an extremely spirited and rhythmic sense of line. His highly developed late Gothic manner, especially his delight in natural detail, developed in the Venetian milieu under the influence of Jacobello, Gentile da Fabriano, and Pisanello. Giambono is particularly indebted to Gentile for the design of his facial types and for the mellow and radiant skin textures of his figures. He designed a series of mosaics depicting the Life of the Virgin in the Mascoli chapel (Venice, S. Marco) in the 1440s. His S. Chrysogonus (Venice, S. Trovaso) is probably later in date (1450s).

From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.

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