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Benozzo Gozzoli - Italian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Benozzo Gozzoli (1420 - 1497)

Born as Benozzo di Lese Sandro, Gozzoli studied with Fra Angelico and worked alongside him on the Pallazzo Medici-Riccardi. He traveled with his mentor to Rome, producing many frescoes and murals for churches throughout Italy. Gozzoli went off on his own to Montefalco where he created smaller paintings and altarpieces. He also painted bold portraits of his contemporaries such as Dante, Petrarch, and Giotto. He is best known for a series of murals in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi depicting festive, vibrant processions with wonderful attention to detail and a pronounced International Gothic influence. "Gozzoli's art does not rival that of his greatest contemporaries, either in elevation or in strength, but it is attractive because of its sense of what is rich, lively and abundant in the appearances of people and objects. His landscapes, which are crowded with birds and animals, especially dogs, are more varied, and alluring than those of any predecessor; his compositions are crowded with figures, more characteristically true when happily and gracefully occupied than when the demands of the subject require tragic or dramatic intensity, or turmoil of action; his colours are bright and festive.

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