Domenico Ghirlandaio

Italian Renaissance painter from Florence (1448-1494)

Domenico di Tommaso Curradi di Doffo Bigordi (UK: /ˌɡɪərlænˈd/, US: /-lənˈ-, ˌɡɪərlənˈdɑːj, -lɑːnˈ-/,[1][2][3] Italian: [doˈmeːniko ɡirlanˈdaːjo]; 2 June 1448  – 11 January 1494), professionally known as Domenico Ghirlandaio, also spelled as Ghirlandajo, was an Italian painter. He painted during the Renaissance (about 1400-1600) in Florence. He was an important painter in the time of the Renaissance. In about 1480, he became the official portrait artist for wealthy people in Florence.

Domenico Ghirlandaio
Supposed self-portrait, from Adoration of the Magi, 1488
Domenico di Tommaso Curradi di Doffo Bigordi

2 June 1448
Died11 January 1494(1494-01-11) (aged 45)
Florence, Italy (buried in the church of Santa Maria Novella)
Known forPainter
Notable workPaintings in: Church of Ognissanti in Florence, Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Trinita, Tornabuoni Chapel in Florence and Sistine Chapel, Rome
MovementItalian Renaissance

Domenico had a large painting workshop. His brothers David Ghirlandaio and Benedetto Ghirlandaio and his brother-in-law Sebastiano Mainardi worked with him. His son Ridolfo Ghirlandaio also was a painter.

Michelangelo Buonarroti was his most famous apprentice. He started learning in Domenico’s workshop at age 13.

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Ghirlandaio died in 1494 of an contagious fever and was buried in Santa Maria Novella. The day and month of his birth and death are not known, but he died in early January of his forty-fifth year. He had been married two times and had six children. One of his three sons, Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, also became a noted painter in Florence.

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  1. "Ghirlandaio" Archived 2019-05-31 at the Wayback Machine (US) and "Ghirlandaio". Oxford Dictionaries UK Dictionary. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  2. "Ghirlandaio". The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  3. "Ghirlandajo". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 31 May 2019.

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