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Statue of Andrea Orcagna in the Uffizi outside gallery in Florence

Andrea di Cione di Arcangelo (c. 1308 – August 25, 1368), better known as Orcagna, was an Italian painter, sculptor, and architect active in Florence.

Early life[edit]

A student of Andrea Pisano as well as Giotto di Bondone, his younger brothers Jacopo di Cione and Nardo di Cione were also artists. The di Cione (pronounced dee choh’ nay) brothers often worked collaboratively.


Orcagna's works include:

  • "Altarpiece of the Redeemer" (1354–57) in the Strozzi di Mantova Chapel at Santa Maria Novella, Florence
  • The tabernacle in Orsanmichele (finished 1359) which was regarded as "the most perfect work of its kind in Italian Gothic".[1]
  • His fresco The Triumph of Death inspired Franz Liszt's masterwork Totentanz.

The mosaic decoration and the rose window of the cathedral of Orvieto is attributed to Orcagna, who had become Master of the Works in 1359.


Among Orcagna's pupils or legacy were:


  1. ^ "Orcagna". Catholic Encyclopedia. 
  2. ^ Bryan, Michael (1889). Walter Armstrong & Robert Edmund Graves, ed. Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical (Volume II L-Z). York St. #4, Covent Garden, London; Original from Fogg Library, Digitized May 18, 2007: George Bell and Sons. p. 586. 
  3. ^ Le vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori ed architettori, Volume 1, by Giorgio Vasari, Editor G. C. Sansoni, (1906); page 609.
  4. ^ Vasari, page 610.
  5. ^ Vasari, page 610.