Matteo di Giovanni
One of the most prolific and popular painters of the Sienese School. In contrast to contemporary Florentines, he had a rather awkward and traditional style. His work shows the influence of modern ideas (perspective, foreshortening, movement, expression) uncomfortably combined with old-fashioned ones (gold grounds, figures placed one above the other, elaborate decoration). Note the open mouths of the characters and the flowing draperies.
Giovanni’s major works are Christ Crowned, c. 1480–95 (London: National Gallery); Saint Sebastian, c. 1480–95 (London: National Gallery); The Crucifixion, c. 1490 (San Francisco: De Young Museum).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.