Uccello, Paolo

(Paolo di Dono; 1397-1475)
   Uccello was the apprentice of Lorenzo Ghiberti, whom he assisted in the execution of the east doors for the Baptistery of Florence (1403-1424). Though he lived a long life, his works are few. He is known to have been active in Venice from 1425 to 1431 where he rendered mosaics on the Basilica of San Marco façade, now lost. The frescoes in the Chapel of the Assumption in the Cathedral of Prato (c. 1435) are attributed to him and depict scenes from the lives of St. Stephen and the Virgin, as well as Virtues. These scenes show a precision of rendering with stiff, repetitive drapery folds, dramatic gestures, and varied facial expressions. His fresco in the Cathedral of Florence depicting Sir John Hawkwood on horseback (1436) is a scene that inspired Andrea del Castagno's Niccolö da Tolentino (1456), also in the cathedral, and Donatello's Equestrian Monument of Gattamelata (c. 1445-1453) in the Piazza del Santo, Padua. The fresco is made to look like a bronze monument, a substitute to the marble memorial Florence was preparing in Hawkwood's honor just as England claimed his body. As Giorgio Vasari informs, Uccello was completely taken with the latest developments in perspective, which he applied to his frescoes in the Chiostro Verde at Santa Maria Novella (c. 1450) and the panels depicting the Battle of San Romano (c. 1430s; London, National Gallery, Paris, Louvre, and Florence, Uffizi). Unfortunately, in the battle scenes, he took the techniques to an extreme, resulting in ornamental rather than dramatic renderings of bloodshed and death. The portrait A Young Lady of Fashion (early 1460s; Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) is also attributed to Uccello. It shows a profile view that emphasizes wealth through costume and jewels, the customary portrayal at the time of a noblewoman.

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  • Uccello, Paolo — orig. Paolo di Dono born 1397, Pratovecchio, near Florence died Dec. 10, 1475, Florence Italian painter. Though apprenticed to the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti, he is not known to have worked in sculpture, and at 18 he was admitted to the painters… …   Universalium

  • Uccello, Paolo — (1397 1475)    Florentine painter. Originally trained as a goldsmith and apprenticed to Lorenzo Ghiberti about 1407 1412, when Ghiberti was working on his first set of doors for the cathedral s baptistery, Uccello executed his early works in the… …   Historical Dictionary of Renaissance

  • Uccello,Paolo — Uc·cel·lo (o͞o chĕlʹlō), Paolo. Originally Paolo di Dono. 1397 1475. Italian painter of the Florentine school known for his experimentation with perspective. His works include The Battle of San Romano (c. 1456). * * * …   Universalium

  • Uccello, Paolo — ► (1397? 1475) Seudónimo de Paolo de Dono, pintor florentino. El retrato ecuestre de John Hawkwood es considerado su primera obra maestra. Posteriormente pintó el ciclo de las Historias de santos monjes, San Jorge y el dragón y el luneto de Santa …   Enciclopedia Universal

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  • Uccello — (Paolo di Dono, dit Paolo) (1397 1475) peintre et marqueteur italien; de 1425 à 1430 mosaïste à la basilique Saint Marc de Venise. Son sens de la perspective et ses compositions colorées sont étrangement modernes: Bataille de San Romano (1456… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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