Benozzo Gozzoli

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Gozzoli, Benozzo

(bānôt`tsō gôt`tsōlē), 1420–97, Florentine painter, whose real name was Benozzo di Lese. He was apprenticed to Fra Angelico, first in Florence and later in Rome. Becoming independent in 1449, he chose to stay in Montefalco for a few years. There he created an altarpiece of a Madonna and Child with Saints and also frescoes depicting the life of St. Francis. Upon his return to Florence in 1459, he began his famous Journey of the Magi for the chapel in the Medici Palace. There he painted a magnificent cavalcade of pilgrims to Bethlehem, including animated portraits of contemporary Florentines. To represent the Magi he painted Lorenzo de' Medici and two leaders of the East, Patriarch Joseph and Emperor John Paleologus. Gozzoli depicted them in exotic Middle Eastern dress against a background of fantastic landscape and strange animals. From 1468 until almost his last days he decorated the Camposanto, Pisa, with scenes from the Old Testament.

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, 1420–97, Florentine painter, whose real name was Benozzo di Lese. He was apprenticed to Fra Angelico, first in Florence and later in Rome. Becoming independent in 1449, he chose to stay in Montefalco for a few years.
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Gozzoli, Benozzo


(real name, Benozzo di Lese di Sandro). Born 1420, in Florence; died 1497, in Pistoia. Italian painter of the Early Renaissance.

Gozzoli studied with L. Ghiberti and Fra Angelico. In his work he treated religious subjects in a secular, poetic, and fairy-tale manner. Astute observations of life and decora-tively colorful tones are combined in his paintings with a tapestry-like composition and conventional handling of space (for example, the fresco The Magi, in the chapel of the Medici-Riccardi Palace in Florence, 1459).


Hoogewerff, G. Benozzo Gozzoli. Paris, 1930.
Bargellini, P. La fiaba pittorica di Benozzo Gozzoli, 2nd ed. Florence, 1947.


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E, sia secondo i tratti del Sodoma, sia secondo quelli di Benozzo Gozzoli, le lettere fra i due [anche in questo caso come in quello di Febea] registrano l'immancabile visione deiVinquietante beaute androgina in un gioco sadomasochista" (Andreoli, 2000: 460).
(53) For her noting of this point in some works by Gozzoli, see Diane Cole Ahl, 'Due San Sebastiano di Benozzo Gozzoli a San Gimignano: Un Contributo al Problema della Pittura per la Peste nel Quattrocento', Rivista d'Arte, 40 (1988), 31-61 (pp.
Caption: --Newscom/akg-images/Rabatti-Domingie Worshiping angels are seen in a detail of a 15th-century fresco by Benozzo Gozzoli in the Medici Palazzo's Chapel of the Magi in Florence, Italy.
Francis in Assisi, Benozzo Gozzoli includes Pope Innocent's dream in his scenes from Francis' life for the friars' chapel in Montefalco.
13), and Benozzo Gozzoli's (1421-97) tempera on panel of 1471, now at the Musee du Louvre in Paris (Fig.
TREADING THE PRESS Benozzo Gozzoli The Campo Santo at Pisa From the trellis hang the grapes Purple-deep; Maidens with white, curving napes And coiled hair backward leap, As they catch the fruit, mid-laughter, Cut from every silvan rafter.
Immersing himself in Italian Renaissance art, he was fascinated by the work of Pinturicchio in the Borgia apartments at the Vatican and by Benozzo Gozzoli's frescoes in the Palazzo Medici Ricardi in Florence.
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