“Madonna and Child,” oil on canvas by Alesso Baldovinetti, c. 1465; in the elipsis
(born Oct. 14, 1425?, Florence—died Aug. 29, 1499, Florence ) Italian artist active in Florence. Little is known of his early training, but his style shows the influence of Fra Angelico
and Domenico Veneziano
. Both his masterpiece, The Nativity
(1460–62), a fresco in the church of the Santissima Annunziata, Florence, and his Madonna and Child
(1460s) in the Louvre depict views of the Arno River valley in the background; they are among the earliest European paintings of landscapes. His work, though seldom innovative, exemplified the careful modeling of form and the accurate depiction of light characteristic of the most progressive style of Florentine painting during the last half of the 15th century. He also designed the mosaic decoration over Lorenzo Ghiberti
's doors on the Baptistery in Florence (1453–55) and produced designs for stained glass and intarsia.
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