Domenico Ghirlandaio

1449-1494 Italy-Early Renaissance

 

Brief Biography-Domenico Ghirlandaio, or Domenico di Tommaso Curradi di Doffo Bigordi, sometimes called Grillandaio, was born in Florence in 1449. His father initially apprenticed him as a goldsmith, where he got the name Grillandaio (The Garland Maker). His art preference led him to work under Alesso Baldovinetti doing mosaics, and he eventually studied under Andrea del Verrocchio. The works of Hugo van der Goes had a profound influence on him. Ghirlandaio first painted many frescoes in and around Florence before going to Rome to undertake commissions for Pope Sixtus IV in 1483. He worked with Sandro Botticelli on frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and he became master of Michelangelo, he also painted altarpieces. He decorated the choir of the Santa Maria Novella with his largest commission. The biblical scenes from the lives of The Virgin and Saint John the Baptist consisted of known contemporaries such as Baldovinetti and other notable Florentines. He became famous for his use of perspective without needing measuring devices. Ghirlandaio died in 1494 in Florence. His son Ridolfo also became a successful painter.

 

Click an Image to Enlarge

Presentation of the
Virgin at the Temple

Adoration
of the Magi

Adoration of the Magi

Adoration
of the Magi II

Adoration of the Magi Two

Adoration
of the Shepherds

Adoration of the Shepherds

An Old Man and
His Grandson

An Old Man and His Grandson

Announcement
of Death

Announcement of Death to Saint Fina

Angel
Appearing

Angel Appearing to Zacharias

Baptism of
Christ

Baptism of Christ

Birth of Saint
John the Baptist

Birth of Saint John the Baptist

Christ in Heaven with
four Saints

Christ in Heaven with four Saints and a Donor

Calling of
the Apostles

Calling of the Apostles

Coronation
of the Virgin

Coronation of the Virgin

Giovanna
Tornabuoni

Giovanna Tornabuoni

Birth of
Saint Mary

Birth of Saint Mary in Santa Maria Novella in Firenze

The
Nativity

The Nativity

Expulsion of Joachim
from the Temple

Expulsion of Joachim from the Temple


Last
Supper

Last Supper

Madonna and Child
Enthroned

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints

Madonna and Child
with Saint Sebastian

Madonna and Child with Saint Sebastian and Saint Julian

Martyrdom of Saint
Peter Martyr

Martyrdom of Saint Peter Martyr


Madonna

Madonna

Self
Portrait

Self Portrait

Saint
Stephen

Saint Stephen

The
Last Supper

The Last Supper

Saint John the
Evangelist

Saint John the Evangelist on the Island of Patmos

Portrait of a Young
Woman

Portrait of a Young Woman

Saint Stefano with
Saints James

Saint Stefano with Saints James and Peter

Barbara Crushing
her Infidel Father

Saint Barbara Crushing her Infidel Father with a Kneeling Donor

Saint Jerome
in his Study

Saint Jerome in his Study


Resurrection
of the Boy

Resurrection of the Boy

The Madonna
and Child

The Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints

Birth of Saint John
the Baptist Detail

Birth of Saint John the Baptist Detail