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One of the Greatest Painters Of All Time

Italian Early Renaissance Painter  of the Sienese School

Stylistically influenced by the following painters;  Sassetta, Ambrogio Lorenzetti,  Matteo diGiovanni, Neroccio dei Landi

Education - apprenticed to Sassetta

Cause of Death -  Old Age

Famous for his calm and dreamy Madonnas, Sano de Pietro, was one the greatest Sienese painters. His paintings are visual poetry; combining an instinctive dreamlike visionary passion with warm, jewel like colors. While some Sienese artists were influenced by graceless foreign sensibilities, Sano de Pietro was influenced only by the great Sienese painters who came before him. Sassetta' s technique can  be detected in Sano’s blending of holy figures with mysterious visual elements,  arranged to indicate significance not otherwise present in the individual images.

 The art teachings and traditions of the past seemed deeper rooted at Sienna than at Florence. Nor was there so much attempt to shake them off as at Florence. Giotto broke the immobility of the Byzantine model by showing the draped figure in action. So also did the Siennese to some extent, but they cared more for the expression of the spiritual than the beauty of the natural. The Florentines were robust, resolute, even a little coarse at times; the Siennese were more refined and sentimental. Their fancy ran to sweetness of face rather than to bodily vigor. Again, their art was more ornate, richer in costume, color, and detail than Florentine art; but it was also more finical and narrow in scope.

Sano di Pietro spiritually significant imagery included  representations of  the holy figures of the Christian faith.   Most prominently featured  are spiritually meaningful divine Christian symbols and persons --ChristSaints, The CrossVirgin Mary Chalice, Keys, The Anchor, Wheat The Good Shepherd, The Apostles, Animals, Fish, Angels, Birds, Insects  and Satan.---- 

Key Descriptive Words  and Phrases associated with the Renaissance Movement rebirth, rediscovery of the classical world,  publication of Della Pittura, a book about the laws of mathematical perspective for artists,  sfumato, symbolism, chiaroscuro, Savonarola, spiritually significant,  illuminated manuscript,  idealized biblical themes, scriptorium, illuminator, plague, Age of Discovery, curiosity about the natural world,  realistic use of colours and  light,  Bonfire of the Vanities, Old Testament stories, ethereal and foggy backgrounds, Gospel parables, romanticized landscapes,  Christian symbolism.

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