The Artists

Art Work

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Wedding at Cana

Giotto di Bondone was born in 1266 in the village of Vespignano near Florence, Italy. He is best known for his series of frescoes painted in the Arena Chapel at Padua. His work is noted for beginning the Renaissance period. He died on January 8, 1337, in Milan.

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Healing of the Man Born Blind

Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco, was born in 1541 in Candia, Crete. He was profoundly influenced by the rich colors and free handling of paint associated with Venetian painters. Although he is of Spanish descent, El Greco spent the majority of his life in Italy. He died a poor man in 1614.

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Raising of Lazarus

Born Benozzo di Lese di Sandro in 1420 in the city of Florence, Italy, Benozzo Gozzoli made his mark in the Early Renaissance. He was especially adept at painting groups of people in processions or in dramatic action, against fanciful landscapes and architectural backgrounds. Most of his paintings are frescoes and are noted for their realistic detail and clear, bright color. He died on October 4, 1497, in Pistoia.

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Washing of the Disciples' Feet

Duccio di Buoninsegna was born in Siena, Italy, in the year 1255. He was a precursor of the Renaissance style, who brought to perfection the art of medieval Italy in the Byzantine tradition. Duccio has been called the "Last of the Greeks," and his genius consisted in giving exquisite expression to the refined sentiment of the masters of Byzantium. He died on August 3, 1319.

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Raphael was born Raffaello Santi or Raffaello Sanzio in Urbino on April 6, 1483, and received his early training in art from his father, the painter Giovanni Santi. As an Italian Renaissance painter, he is considered one of the greatest and most popular artists of all time. He studied the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, learning their methods of representing the play of light and shadow, anatomy, and dramatic action. He died in 1520 in Rome.

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