Master of St Cecilia

(c. 1300)

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(active c.1300).

Italian painter named after the St Cecilia Altarpiece (Uffizi, Florence), which came from the church of S. Cecilia, Florence, destroyed by fire in 1304. Presumably he was a Florentine, but nothing is known about him. Other works have been attributed to him because of their resemblance to the Uffizi picture, the most important being the first scene and the three concluding scenes of the great fresco cycle of the life of St Francis in the Upper Church of S. Francesco at Assisi (see Master of the Legend of St Francis). The painter of these scenes resembles Giotto in lucidity of presentation and the solid drawing of his figures, but he is more genial in feeling. His figures are more vivacious, his colour warmer and sweeter. Some critics have attempted to identify him with the famous but elusive Buffalmacco.

Subjects: Art.

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