Benozzo di Lese Gozzoli
Procession of the Magi, detail (Self-Portrait)
This early Renaissance Florentine master was a rather prosaic artist, rather an artisan, but in his works, one can feel the joy of life. Gozzoli was originally trained as a gold-smith, he worked in his early years with Ghiberti on the doors of the Baptistry in Florence.
Gozzoli was a painter of high-quality altarpieces and predella panels. He liked crowded scenes, which enabled him to show off a combination of brilliant, decorative qualities, and carefully observed solid figures, with no-nonsense faces and expressions.
His characters have beautiful hands with long fingers, and good feet, and are firmly placed on the ground. Note how well Gozzoli arranges crowds and has a propensity to paint the tops of heads, particularly if bald, or with a hat or helmet.
Gozzoli’s major works are Procession of the Magi, 1459–61 (Florence: Palazzo Medici-Riccardi); The Dance of Salome, 1461–62 (Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art); Madonna and Child with Saints, 1461–62 (London: National Gallery); The Raising of Lazarus, c. 1495 (Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.