Apollonio di Giovanni

Italian (Florentine) (1415/17 - 1465)
Apollonio di Giovanni The Triumphs of Love and Chastity 15th century

Biography

Born 1415/17
Died 1465
Nationality Italian (Florentine)

Apollonio di Giovanni was a very successful illuminator of manuscripts and painter of furnishings for Florentine palaces. He ran, in partnership with Marco del Buono Giamberti (1403-89), a prolific workshop which specialised in the production of chests (cassoni), special trays celebrating births (deschi da parto) and panels set into walls or attached to furniture. These were usually painted with scenes from ancient Greek and Roman mythology or history, but also included themes inspired by more recent literature, such as Petrarch's 'Triumphs' and events of personal significance for his patrons. His characters' costumes and settings tended to reflect contemporary fashions.

Glossary terms

  • A period in European culture from the 14th to the 16th centuries in which the visual arts flourished with advances in the treatment of anatomy and the use of perspective. It is particularly associated with Italy, where it began, though the term applies elsewhere. It is noted for a revival of interest in the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.