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Cennini, Cennino

(chān-nē`nō chān-nē`nē), c.1370–1440, Florentine painter, follower of Agnolo Gaddi. None of his paintings is extant. He is most famous for having written the Libro dell'arte (written 1400?, tr., The Craftsman's Handbook, 1933). This treatise marks a transition between medieval and Renaissance concepts of art. Closely following the tradition of Giotto, he offers detailed advice about the established technique of painting. At the same time, Cennini was one of the first to call for imagination in art and to advocate the elevation of painting from artisanship to the fine arts.
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The idea that composition enters the realm of teachable art and that the painter's management of composition is to be advanced as the principal means for the presentation of a story, is contrasted with the somewhat earlier writings on art of Cennino Cennini, who, as Kuhn observes, is silent on these matters.
The scene depicted is the studio of Lorenzo, an apprentice to Cennino Cennini.
This is why it is most often thrown back to that "before the time of art"--that ill-defined sphere of the artisan--of which Cennino Cennini spoke willingly and of which Alberti never spoke,(14) or else to an "after the time of art," that sphere, again scorned, of so-called "nonworks" or Duchampian ready-mades.
Cennino Cennini, Il Libro dell' arte, with an introduction by L.