Italian painter, born about 1290, died about 1349. Daddi, a young contemporary of Giotto, may have been his pupil. He combined the stark realism of Giotto with the lyricism of artists of the Siena School, such as Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Daddi, who loved to depict smiling Madonnas, pretty children, flowers and draperies, mostly created the sought-after small portable altarpieces. Then, as now, people loved the art that was pleasing to the eye. Bernardo Daddi’s major works are The Arrival of Saint Ursula in Cologne (1330, located in Los Angeles, in the Paul Getty Museum), The Betrothal of Mary (circa 1330-1340, located in London’s National Gallery), and The Martyrdom of Saint Stephen and Saint Lawrence (circa 1330, located in Florence, in the Cathedral of Santa Croce). The artist’s most expensive sold work is Coronation of the Madonna (tempera), sold in 2004 for $2,562,000.
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. - 512 p. - Moscow: Astrel, 2005.