Lorenzo di Credi

Lorenzo di Credi

Perugino, Portrait of Lorenzo di Credi, 1488. Oil on panel, 18 x 12 in. Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art

Years of life: 1458 – 1537
Artist's Teachers: Andrea del Verrocchio
Artist's students: Giovanni Antonio Sogliani, Tommaso di Stefano Lunetti and Antonio del Ceraiolo
Art Movement: Early Renaissance
Painting School: Florentine School
Genre: Portrait , Religious
Country: Italy
Century: XV , XVI

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).

References:

  1. Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.

Artworks:

  • Head of a Youth

    Head of a Youth

  • Portrait of a gir

    Portrait of a gir

  • Portrait of a Young Woman

    1490s

    Portrait of a Young Woman   •  1490s

  • Fiesole Altarpiece

    1422

    Fiesole Altarpiece   •  1422

  • Caterina Sforza

    Caterina Sforza

  • The Annunciation

    1480

    The Annunciation   •  1480

  • Madonna with the Christ Child and St John the Baptist

    Madonna with the Christ Child and St John the Baptist

  • The Adoration of the Shepherds

    1510

    The Adoration of the Shepherds   •  1510

  • Madonna and Child with a Pomegranate (Dreyfus Madonna)

    between 1475 and 1480

    Madonna and Child with a Pomegranate (Dreyfus Madonna)  •  between 1475 and 1480

  • The Virgin and Child with St Julian and St Nicholas of Myra

    1494

    The Virgin and Child with St Julian and St Nicholas of Myra   •  1494

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