Lorenzo di Credi
Perugino, Portrait of Lorenzo di Credi, 1488. Oil on panel, 18 x 12 in. Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art
This Florentine master does not belong to the first division of Renaissance artists, although he imitated the style of Leonardo da Vinci, they attended Verrocchio’s workshop together. Lorenzo was a painter of altarpieces and portraits. His technique is excellent, but his style was lifeless and lacked individuality.
A minor Florentine who had a similar style to the early works of a fellow pupil, Leonardo da Vinci; they attended Verrocchio’s workshop together. Lorenzo was a painter of altarpieces and portraits. Technically competent, but his style was lifeless and lacked individuality. Used an unpleasant, high-key palette with an orange/reddish tone. Draperies and flesh both have the same squashy appearance; show odd, upturned thumbs and toes.
The story goes that in 1497, influenced by the teachings of the fanatical friar Savonarola, Lorenzo destroyed many of his works featuring profane subjects.
Lorenzo’s major works are The Annunciation, c. 1480–85 (Florence: Galleria degli Uffizi); Venus, c. 1490 (Florence: Galleria degli Uffizi).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.