Giovanni di Paolo


Renaissance Italian Painter of the Sienese School

Stylistically influenced by the following painters and art styles ; Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Simone Martini, and Sassetta

Education - apprenticed to Taddeo di Bartolo

Mediums - panel painting, frescoes and manuscript illumination

Cause of Death -Old Age, he was 83

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  The prevailing characteristic of Giovanni di Paolo's work is a surreal atmosphere and spatial inventiveness. His early church, mythological and allegoric compositions  strongly reflect the traditions of the Sienese School. The figures are somewhat elongated, graceful, even languid. His translucent, dreamlike backgrounds, convey an otherworldly quality characteristic of di Paolo's distinctive style.  His figures express raw, unfettered passion--passionate emotions that are at times grotesque and tortured. His concern was with dramatic action and human emotion. To make that dramatic action more effective, he reshaped the story to suit his own eccentric vision. di Paolo's depiction of holy figures is kind and gracious, as if they have compassion upon the longing of the soul of the believer. Overall his work is confident, probing and deeply spiritual.

His subjects, like his predecessors, are all religious the Virgin Mary, the Life of Christ, the Apostles, Angeles and the Life of St. Francis.

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