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16 facts about Giovanni di Paolo

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By Gwylym Owen

Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia (c. 1403–1482) was an Italian painter, working primarily in Siena, becoming a prolific painter and illustrator of manuscripts, including Dante’s texts. He was one of the most important painters of the 15th century Sienese School. His at the forefront works decree the fake of earlier Sienese masters, but his cutting edge style was more individual, characterized by cold, harsh colours and elongated forms. His style with took on the touch of International Gothic artists such as Gentile da Fabriano. Many of his works have an unfamiliar dreamlike atmosphere, such as the surrealistic Miracle of St. Nicholas of Tolentino painted not quite 1455 and now housed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, while his last works, particularly Last Judgment, Heaven, and Hell from roughly 1465 and Assumption painted in 1475, both at Pinacoteca Nazionale (Siena), are grotesque treatments of their lofty subjects. Giovanni’s reputation declined after his death but was revived in the 20th century.

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