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Lorenzetti, Pietro

(c. 1348)

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Assisi, basilica of S. Francesco

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The church of S. Francesco in Assisi is of exceptional significance, not only as one of the first major examples of Italian Gothic architecture, but because of its surviving late ...

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Bartolo di Fredi

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(active 1353; d Siena, 26 Jan. 1410).

One of the leading Sienese painters of the late 14th century. He continued the narrative style of the Lorenzetti but gave it a ...

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biccherne

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

From 1257 to c. 1682 the registers of the Biccherna, the exchequer of the city-state of Siena, were bound in wooden boards on which small panel paintings were executed. These ...

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Ferrer Bassa

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(active 1324–48).

Spanish painter and illuminator who worked for the Aragon court in Barcelona. He is considered the founder of the Catalan School, but the only surviving work...

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Italian art

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1. Introduction

Italy became a single nation in the 19th century, when the nationalistic movement (Risorgimento) achieved its aim of political unification under the house of Savoy....

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landscape

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[from the Dutch, landskip]

A picture representing an expanse of natural scenery. Landscape featured in the backgrounds of many Renaissance paintings and in late medieval depictions...

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Lippo Vanni

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(fl. 1341–75)

(Sienese painter) Lippo painted miniatures as well as altarpieces and murals. Scholars have used Lippo’s signed triptych (1358) from the church of SS Domenico and...

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Matteo Giovanetti

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(b. 1295×1300, active 1322–68/9).

The outstanding painter (pictor pape) at the papal court at Avignon after the death of Simone Martini, to whose art his own clearly owed much. A...

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Paolo di Giovanni Fei

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(c. 1344–1411).

Sienese painter. Paolo was one of the leading Sienese painters of his time, holding several prestigious civic offices. He may have been trained in the circle of...

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Sassetta

Overview page. Subjects: Art — History by Period.

(b ?Siena or Cortona, c.1400; d Siena, 1 Apr. 1450).

Sienese painter; the name Sassetta was evidently first used in the 18th century and is of unknown origin, but it is now the...

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tyrannicide

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.

The murder of a tyrant whose rule has become insupportable. Some Christians hold that it is unjustifiable on the ground either that all killing is forbidden or that force is invested by...

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