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Domenico Ghirlandaio: life and works

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By Gwylym Owen

Domenico di Tommaso Curradi di Doffo Bigordi (, US: /-lənˈ-, ˌɡɪərlənˈdɑːj, lɑːnˈ-/,Italian: [doˈmeːniko ɡirlanˈdaːjo]; 2 June 1448 – 11 January 1494), professionally known as Domenico Ghirlandaio, also spelled as Ghirlandajo, was an Italian Renaissance painter born in Florence. Ghirlandaio was ration of the so-called “third generation” of the Florentine Renaissance, along in imitation of Verrocchio, the Pollaiolo brothers and Sandro Botticelli. Ghirlandaio led a large and efficient workshop that included his brothers Davide Ghirlandaio and Benedetto Ghirlandaio, his brother-in-law Bastiano Mainardi from San Gimignano, and forward-looking his son Ridolfo Ghirlandaio. Many apprentices passed through Ghirlandaio’s workshop, including the famous Michelangelo. Ghirlandaio’s particular power lay in his realization to posit depictions of contemporary simulation and portraits of contemporary people within the context of religious narratives, bringing him great popularity and many large commissions.

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