|Type||Tempera on panel|
|Dimensions||115 cm × 183 cm (45 in × 72 in)|
|Location||Uffizi Gallery, Florence|
Lorenzo Monaco (born Piero di Giovanni; c. 1370 – c. 1425) was an Italian painter of the late Gothic-early Renaissance age. He was born Piero di Giovanni in Siena. Little is known about his youth, apart from the fact that he was apprenticed in Florence. He was influenced by Giotto and his followers Spinello Aretino and Agnolo Gaddi.
In 1390 he joined the Camaldolese monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli. He was thenceforth generally known as Lorenzo Monaco (English: "Lawrence the Monk"). In the 1390s he executed three panels of the Biblioteca Laurenziana for his convent.
Starting from around 1404 his works show the influence of the International Gothic, of Lorenzo Ghiberti's earliest works and of Gherardo Starnina. From this period is the Pietà in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Florence. His works, often over a gilded background, showed in general a spiritual value, and usually did not feature profane elements.
In 1414 he painted the Coronation of the Virgin (now at the Uffizi), characterized by a great number of saints and brilliant colors. In the late part of his life, Lorenzo did not accept the early Renaissance innovations introduced by artists such as Masaccio and Brunelleschi. This is visible in the Adoration of the Magi of 1420–1422, where the now widespread geometrical perspective is totally absent. Lorenzo's works remained popular in the 1420s, as testified by the numerous commissions he received, such as the Stories of the Virgin in the Bartolini Salimbeni Chapel of Santa Trinita, one of his few frescoes.
His works include:
- Madonna and Child with Saints (1395–1402)
- Episodes in the Life of Saint Benedict (c. 1407–1409)
- Nativity (1409), a panel believed to form part of a predella
- Coronation of the Virgin (1414), also for Santa Maria degli Angeli
- Annunciation Triptych (1410–1415), Gallerie dell'Accademia, Florence
- Bartolini Salimbeni Chapel (1410–1415), Santa Trinita, Florence
- Adoration of the Magi (1422)
- Beheading of St Paul, Princeton University Art Museum
- Processional Cross, Chicago Art Institute
- Crucifixion of St Peter, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
- Madonna and Child, National Gallery, Washington, D.C.
- Pope-Hennessy, John & Kanter, Laurence B. (1987). The Robert Lehman Collection I, Italian Paintings. New York, Princeton: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press. ISBN 0870994794. (see index; plates 71-72)
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