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Principle Artists of Florence, Italy in Art History



"There was a severity and austerity about the Florentine art, even at its climax. It was never too sensuous and luxurious, but rather exact and intellectual. The Florentines were fond of lustreless fresco, architectural composition, towering or sweeping lines, rather sharp color as compared with the Venetians, and theological, classical, even literary and allegorical subjects. Probably this was largely due to the classic bias of the painters and the intellectual and social influences of Florence and Rome. Line and composition were means of expressing abstract thought better than color, though some of the Florentines employed both line and color knowingly." - John Charles Van Dyke

Important  Florentine Artists - Listed Alphabetically

Mariotto Albertinelli (1474 -1515) Italian, Florentine High Renaissance  

Alessandro Allori (1535 - 1607) Italian, Florentine, Mannerist

Sofonisba Anguissola(1532 - 1625) Italian, Florentine, Mannerist

Fra Angelico (1395 - 1455)  Italian, Florentine, Early Renaissance

Alesso Baldovinetti (1427-1499) Italian, Florentine, Early Renaissance

Jacopo Bassano (1510-1592) Italian, Florentine, High Renaissance

Alessandro Botticelli (1445 - 1510) Italian, Florentine, Renaissance

Agnolo Bronzino (1503 - 1571) Italian, Florentine, Mannerist

Piero di Cosimo 1462-1521) Italian, Florentine, High Renaissance

Guidoccio Cozzarelli (1450-1516) Italian, Florentine, High Renaissance

Bernardo Daddi (1290-1348) Italian, Florentine, Early Renaissance

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519) Italian, Florentine, High Renaissance

Andrea del Sarto (1486-1531) Italian, Florentine, High Renaissance

Domenico Di Michelino, (1417 - 1491) Italian, Florentine, High Renaissance

Ridolfo Ghirlandaio 1483 - 1561) Italian, Florentine, High Renaissance

Giotto (1267 - 1337) Italian, Florentine, Early Renaissance

Benozzo Gozzoli (1420-1497) Italian, Florentine, Early Renaissance

Jacopo Ligozzi (1547-1627) Italian, FlorentineHigh Renaissance

Fra Filippo Lippi (1406-1459) Italian, Florentine, Early Renaissance

Masaccio (1401 - 1428) Italian, Florentine, Early Renaissance

Andrea Orcagna (1320-1368) Italian, Early Renaissance

Paolo Uccello (1397 - 1475) Italian, Florentine, Early Renaissance

Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574) Italian, Florentine, Mannerist 

Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-1488) Italian, Florentine, Early Renaissance   


The Meaning of Sacred Symbols in Paintings. Most prominently featured  symbols and their meaning:

The  Serpent

Good Shepherd


Adam and Eve



Mythological Creatures


Virgin Mary


The Four Evangelists

The Anchor

The Apostles



The Cross

Architectural Elements



The Saints









Household Object

Clothing and Accessories

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