Thursday, May 24, 2018

01 Paintings, RELIGIOUS ART - Interpretations of the Bible! by The Old Masters, With Footnotes # 57a

Niccolò di Pietro Gerini
The Crucifixion, c. 1390
Tempera on panel
70 cm × w 43 cm

The crucifixion, against a golden background. The cross mountain with soldiers on horseback with swirling banners between the crosses. In the forefront of Mary, Mary Magdalene, John and others. This crowded Crucifixion was probably intended as an independent panel for private devotion in a domestic setting. More on this painting

Niccolò di Pietro Gerini (c. 1340 – 1414) was an Italian painter of the late Gothic period, active mainly in his native Florence. He was not an innovative painter but relied on traditional compositions in which he placed his figures in a stiff and dramatic movement.

In 1368, Niccolò Dipintore is identified as a member of the Arte dei Medici e Speziali Guild, in Florence.

As is typical for Gothic depictions, Gerini's figures have large chins, sloping foreheads, and sharp noses whilst their bodies are squat and frontally displaced.

Gerini collaborated with Jacopo di Cione on a Coronation of the Virgin (Accademia, Florence) in 1372. It was commissioned by the mint of Florence Zecca Vecchia that same year. In 1383 Gerini again worked with Cione on a fresco of the Annunciation in the Palazzo dei Priori, Volterra. This fresco clearly shows the work of two very different artists: Niccolò di Pietro Gerini (design and very fine painting) and Jacopo di Cione (broadly painted saints and side decoration).

Between 1391 and 1392 he worked in Prato where he frescoed Palazzo Datini and the Church of San Francesco with Lorenzo di Niccolò and Agnolo Gaddi. He also frescoed the capitals of the church of San Francesco, Pisa. More Niccolò di Pietro Gerini

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