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This is Bastiano Mainardi

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By Gwylym Owen

Bastiano di Bartolo Mainardi (1466 – 1513) was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. He was born in San Gimignano and was lithe there and in Florence.

According to Giorgio Vasari, Mainardi is portrayed in the frescoes in the Sassetti and Tornabuoni Chapels by Domenico Ghirlandaio, Mainardi’s brother-in-law and master. Vasari moreover claimed that Mainardi took allocation in Ghirlandaio’s frescoes (1476) in the Abbey of Passignano in Val di Pesa, near Florence, and in the chapel of Saint Fina in the Collegiata of San Gimginano (1485). The Annunciation fresco in the loggia of San Gimignano’s Collegiata, dated 1482, is often also credited to Mainardi. Mainardi’s authorship of these works was, however, proven impossible taking into account Italian art historian Lisa Venturini discovered Mainardi’s birthdate as 1466 (it was back placed roughly speaking 1460 or earlier). Thus, Mainardi was too pubescent to have assisted Ghirlandaio in these works or to have painted the Annunciation San Gimignano (which is now regarded as a put-on by Domenico Ghirlandaio’s brother, Davide). Further, Mainardi could probably not have painted most of the Ghirlandaio workshop paintings once approved to him, like the famous tondo of the Madonna and Child gone the Infant Saint John the Baptist and Three Angels at the Louvre.

Mainardi’s safe works are yet strongly indebted to Ghirlandaio’s, and the artiste had a lifelong affiliation taking into consideration the Ghirlandaio intimates workshop. One of his latest works, an altarpiece of the Madonna and Child next Saints, commissioned in 1511 for the church of Sant’Agostino in San Gimignano (where it remains today), was completed after his death in 1513 by Domenico Ghirlandaio’s son, Ridolfo.

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