Domenico Ghirlandaio (1448-1494)
Domenico Ghirlandaio was a renowned Florentine Renaissance painter whose many apprentices included the great Michelangelo. Ghirlandaio paintings, frescoes and altarpieces are keenly observed and old-fashioned, an appealing style to his Florentine patrons.
Although not an innovator of the realism school, Ghirlandaio did find success in the 15th-century, painting religious frescoes and easel pictures, as well as recognizable Florentine landscapes and personages. Ghirlandaio is particularly distinguished for his frescoes, among which is The Last Supper, originally painted life-sized in 1480 for the refectory of the Church of Ognissanti in Florence.
Not until the late 19th century did Ghirlandaio receive the ranking of leading Florentine painter of the 15th- century, due to the high degree of realism in his work as well as his devotion to honesty and truth in art.
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