Baroncelli chapel, Santa Croce, Florence

(1332-1338)
   Frescoed by Taddeo Gaddi, Giotto's pupil and principal assistant, the Baroncelli Chapel, one of the largest in Santa Croce, boasts scenes from the life of the Virgin, her parents Joachim and Anne, and Christ. The Baroncelli were a wealthy Florentine banking family who wanted their chapel to speak of their privileged position. In Giotto's absence from Florence (he was in Naples in 1328-1334), they gave the commission to his pupil Taddeo, who was running the master's workshop. Some have suggested that it was Giotto who provided the designs for Taddeo to follow since the altarpiece in the chapel, the Baroncelli Polyptych, is Giotto's signature work. Like Giotto, Taddeo gave volume to his figures and draperies, placed them within believable architectural spaces and landscapes, and stressed familial affection and the humanity of Mary and Christ. Taddeo's figures, however, are more slender than Giotto's. Also, unlike his teacher, he had a particular interest in nocturnal scenes, such as his Annunciation to the Shepherds where an angel emerges from the dark sky to announce the birth of Christ.

Historical dictionary of Renaissance art. . 2008.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Santa Croce, Florence — (beg. 1294; consecrated 1442)    Santa Croce is the Franciscan Church of Florence, its design commonly attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio. During the planning stages, the Franciscans were divided on whether to build a modest design that accorded… …   Dictionary of Renaissance art

  • Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence — Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is the principal Franciscan church in Florence, Italy, and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. It is situated on the Piazza di Santa Croce,… …   Wikipedia

  • Santa Croce — ▪ church, Florence, Italy       church of the Franciscans in Florence, one of the finest examples of Italian Gothic architecture. It was begun in 1294, possibly designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, and was finished in 1442, with the exception of the… …   Universalium

  • 1320s in art — The decade of the 1320s in art involved some significant events.EventsArt* 1329: Pietro Lorenzetti Carmelite polyptych , and The Prophet Elisha * 1329: Lorenzo Maitani The Eagle: Symbol of St John sculpture * 1328: Giotto Baroncelli Alterpiece… …   Wikipedia

  • Giotto di Bondone — Giotto redirects here. For other uses, see Giotto (disambiguation). Giotto Statue representing Giotto, outside the Uffizi Birth name Giotto di Bondone …   Wikipedia

  • Italian Renaissance painting — is the painting of the period from the early 15th to mid 16th centuries occurring within the area of present day Italy, but at that time divided into many political areas. The painters of Renaissance Italy, although often attached to particular… …   Wikipedia

  • Gaddi, Taddeo — (active c. 1328 1366)    One of Giotto s pupils, principal assistant, and most faithful follower. Cennino Cennini claimed in Il libro dell arte, written in c. 1400, that Gaddi was also Giotto s godson and that he worked for him for 24 years.… …   Dictionary of Renaissance art

  • Joachim, Saint —    Joachim is the father of the Virgin Mary. While in Jerusalem, where he and his wife Anne went to sacrifice to God, Joachim was expelled from the temple by the high priest for not having been blessed with children. Shamed, he went into the… …   Dictionary of Renaissance art

  • Annunciation to the shepherds —    The scene stems from the Gospel of St. Luke. On the night of Christ s birth, an angel appeared to a group of shepherds who were watching their flock in Bethlehem and told them that the Savior was born. This story gave artists the opportunity… …   Dictionary of Renaissance art

  • Pazzi — Coat of arms of the Pazzi family The Pazzi family were an ancient, noble Tuscan family who had given up their titles so that members could be elected to public office. Their main trade, during the 15th century was banking. They are linked to the… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.