Margarito of Arezzo

(c. 1262)

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(active c.1262).

Italian painter from Arezzo. He is one of the very few 13th-century Italian painters and the only early Aretine by whom we have signed works (examples are in the NG, London, and the NG, Washington). His paintings are clumsy, but they have something of the vividness and lucid brevity of a comic strip. Vasari, who also came from Arezzo, included a biography of Margarito in his Lives (saying he was an architect as well as a painter), and this is virtually the only source of knowledge on him, although a document of 1262 probably refers to him.

Subjects: Art.

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