Domenico Veneziano

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Domenico Veneziano (c. 1410 – May 15, 1461) was an Italian painter of the early Renaissance, active mostly in Perugia and Tuscany.

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Renaissance cultural movement that spanned the period roughly from the 14th to the 17th century

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Perugia Comune in Umbria, Italy

Perugia is the capital city of both the region of Umbria in central Italy, crossed by the river Tiber, and of the province of Perugia. The city is located about 164 kilometres north of Rome and 148 km southeast of Florence. It covers a high hilltop and part of the valleys around the area. The region of Umbria is bordered by Tuscany, Lazio, and Marche.


Santa Lucia de' Magnoli Altarpiece, c. 1445-47, tempera on panel, 198 x 207 cm, Uffizi, Florence. Domenico Veneziano - The Madonna and Child with Saints - WGA06428.jpg
Santa Lucia de' Magnoli Altarpiece, c. 1445–47, tempera on panel, 198 × 207 cm, Uffizi, Florence.

Little is known of his birth, though he is thought to have been born in Venice, hence his last name. He then moved to Florence in 1422–23 as a boy, to become a pupil of Gentile da Fabriano. He is said to have worked with Pisanello in Rome around 1423–1430. His work was influenced by the style of Benozzo Gozzoli.

Venice Comune in Veneto, Italy

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Florence Comune in Tuscany, Italy

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 383,084 inhabitants in 2013, and over 1,520,000 in its metropolitan area.

Gentile da Fabriano Italian painter

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In a letter from him to Piero di Cosimo de' Medici, dated from Perugia in 1438, where he likewise resided for many years, he mentions his long connection with the fortunes of the Medici family, and begs to be allowed to paint an altarpiece for the head of that house. He was a contemporary with Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi, since those two artists and himself are known to have valued the frescoes of Buonfigli at Perugia. Between 1439 and 1441 he painted a masterpiece of the Adoration of the Magi.

Piero di Cosimo de Medici Italian nobleman, father of Lorenzo the Magnificent

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Fra Angelico 15th-century early Italian Renaissance painter

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Another masterpiece is considered to be the Santa Lucia de' Magnoli Altarpiece (c. 1445–1447), originally in Santa Lucia dei Magnoli, Florence and now in the Uffizi. Painted in tempera on panel, the altarpiece displays such an unusual palette for this period that Vasari wrote that it had been painted in oil. Domenico is also known for a round panel of the Adoration of the Magi (1439–1441) which was probably commissioned for the palace of the wealthy Medici family and now in Berlin. He influenced Andrea Mantegna.

<i>Santa Lucia de Magnoli Altarpiece</i> painting by Domenico Veneziano

The Santa Lucia de' Magnoli Altarpiece is a painting by the Italian painter Domenico Veneziano, dated to around 1445–1447. Once placed at the high altar of the church of Santa Lucia dei Magnoli, Florence, it is now in the Uffizi Gallery in the same city. The large panel had originally a predella, which has been divided between museums in Washington, Berlin and Cambridge.

Uffizi Art museum, Design/Textile Museum, Historic site in Florence, Italy

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Andrea Mantegna Italian Renaissance painter

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Other important works are the Madonna del Roseto in the National Museum of Art of Romania and the Madonna Berenson in the Villa I Tatti in Florence, both dating to around 1432–1437.

National Museum of Art of Romania Art museum in Bucharest, Romania

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Villa I Tatti Italian villa, houses the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

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Vasari alleged that Domenico was murdered by Andrea del Castagno. However, Castagno died c. 1457, four years before Domenico.

Andrea del Castagno Italian painter

Andrea del Castagno was an Italian painter from Florence, influenced chiefly by Masaccio and Giotto di Bondone. His works include frescoes in Sant'Apollonia in Florence and the painted equestrian monument of Niccolò da Tolentino (1456) in the Cathedral in Florence. He in turn influenced the Ferrarese school of Cosmè Tura, Francesco del Cossa and Ercole de' Roberti.

He worked at the decorations of the Portinari chapel in the hospital of Santa Maria Nuova in Florence from 1439–1445, and had as his assistants Piero della Francesca and Bicci di Lorenzo. It is certain that whilst employed there he used linseed oil as his medium, since the hospital books of that date make many allusions to this item in his expenses. His latter days were spent in Florence, where he died on May 15, 1461.


The Stigmatization of St Francis (predella 1), washington.jpg Domenico Veneziano 001.jpg Annunciation (predella 3), fitzwilliam museum, Cambridge.jpg Miracle of saint zenobius, fitzwilliam museum, Cambridge 2.jpg Martyrdom of St Lucy (predella 5), berlino.jpg

Reconstruction of the original predella
Left to right:

  • The Stygmata of St Francis
  • St John the Baptist in the desert
  • Annunciation
  • The Miracles of St Zenobius
  • The Martydom of St Lucy

The predella included panels with scenes of the saints of the main composition, and a central, double-size Annunciation: the Stygmata of St. Francis and John Baptist in the Desert are currently in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Annunciation and The Miracle of St. Zenobius are in the Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge, and the Martyrdom of St. Lucy is in the Berlin State Museums.

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Nuvola apps kaboodle.svg Veneziano's St. Lucy Altarpiece, Smarthistory [1]

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