Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449 – January 11, 1494)

Adoration of the Shepherds

Take a breath ... Domenico di Tommaso di Currado di Doffo Bigordi (he is called Ghirlandaio, translated as garland-marker, because his father was a well-known Goldsmith, who made garland shaped jewelery) was one of the most influential painters of the Early Renaissance. His renown was strong enough in his lifetime to attract Michelangelo as a pupil, though it was most likely for a short time that Ghirlandaio taught him. While he lacked the ability to capture facial expressions, his characters are still beautifully differentiated in terms of types of faces, though nearly ubiquitously calm. And his environments are often lively and full of wonderfully symbolic depictions. 

Decoration of the Sala del Gigli

St. Jerome

Coronation of the Virgin


  1. I have only just discovered your blog. I am very happy to have found you.What a nice way to start a day. Congratulations on your 100th post! Edward Hopper is a favorite of mine as well.

  2. Sally, thanks so much! It's great to hear so much positive feedback in one response. Very glad you enjoy the blog.