Taddeo Gaddi (c. 1290, Florence – 1366, Florence) was a medieval Italian painter and architect.
He was the son of Gaddo di Zanobi, called Gaddo Gaddi. He was a believer of Giotto’s workshop from 1313 until the master’s death in 1337. According to Giorgio Vasari, he was considered Giotto’s most talented pupil: in 1347 he was placed at the top in a list of Florence’s most renowned painters.
His main perform is the cycle of Stories of the Virgin in the Baroncelli Chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence (1328–1338). Later he perhaps painted the cabinet tiles in the sacristy of the thesame church, now separated among the Galleria dell’Accademia of Florence and museums in Munich and Berlin. These works play a role his mastership of Giotto’s extra style, to which he bonus a personal experimentation in the architectural backgrounds, such as in the staircase of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Baroncelli Chapel.
According to some scholars, he collaborated in the Stefaneschi Polyptych in Rome. His extra works enhance a Madonna in Bern, an Adoration of the Magi in Dijon, the Stories of Job (Pisa, Camposanto Monumentale), the Madonna Enthroned taking into consideration Child, Angels and Saints (Florence, Uffizi Gallery), The Stigmatization of Saint Francis (Cambridge, MA, Harvard Art Museums), the Madonna del Parto (Florence), and the Polyptych in Santa Felicita’s sacristy, Florence.Barcelona’s MNAC keeps as a surviving loan from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid a small tempera panel antiquated in 1325, a Nativity that was portion of a larger table. Vasari ascribed him furthermore of the design and reconstruction of the Ponte Vecchio, which is however disputed by campaigner scholars.
He was the father of Agnolo Gaddi and Giovanni Gaddi.
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