St. Mary Magdalene by Antonio Veneziano

St. Mary Magdalene by Antonio Veneziano

Antonio Veneziano is one of the famous Italian masters of the 14th century, followers of Giotto. The first documentary information about the artist refers to 1369. He came from Venice, hence his nickname – “Veneziano”. He studied master in Florence with a student of Giotto – Taddeo Gaddi.

In 1370 the artist executed the murals in the dome of the cathedral in Siena, later they performed a series of frescoes with scenes from the life of St. Ranieri. Not all monumental paintings of the master survived to this day. So, his frescoes completely disappeared in the Palazzo Doge in Venice.

In his fresco cycles, the artist continued the tradition of Giotto, but in his works more detailed scenes are developed, and they are more narrative.

In the easel works, Antonio Veneziano also focused on the art of Giotto, on his techniques of “black and white modeling” in the image of the face. However, the images created by the artist turned out to be more dynamic and vital, full of more sensuality. After 1388, the name of Antonio Veneziano in documentary evidence is not found.

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