Painter Carlo Dolci was born on this day in 1616 in Florence. Dolci came to be the leading painter in Florence in the17th century while also earning an international reputation. Dolci created numerous portraits and altarpieces but is best known for half-length, single figure paintings of religious figures prized for their intense spirituality.
Further reading: Charles McCorquodale. “Dolci, Carlo.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T023120>.
Wool merchant Agnolo di Francesco Doni died on this day in 1539 in Florence. He was 65. Agnolo used some of his fortune to commission and collect works of art by leading Renaissance artists including Raphael, Michelangelo, Fra Bartolommeo, and Donatello. In 1504, Doni commissioned portraits of himself and his new bride Maddalena di Giovanni Strozzi from Raphael and soon thereafter hired Michelangelo to paint a round image, or tondo, showing the Holy Family enclosed in an elaborately carved frame.
Reference: Alessandro Cecchi. “Doni, Agnolo.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.<http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T023289>.
Raphael, Portraits of Agnolo Doni and Maddalena Strozzi, 1504-6, Palazzo Pitti, Galleria Palatina, Florence
Michelangelo, The Doni Tondo (framed), c. 1506, tempera on panel, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Donatello, Amor Atys, c. 1440, bronze, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence
Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, also known as Raphael (1483-1520): Woman
with a Veil [La Donna Velata; La velata], 1516, (detail), oil on canvas, 82 × 61
cm, Galleria Palatina, Florence, Italy, source: commons.wikimedia.org.
Painter Paris Bordone died on this day in 1571 in Venice, where he had spent the majority of his career. A native of Treviso, Bordone excelled in portraiture, mythologies, and history paintings. Working in both oil and fresco, Bordone worked for patrons in Venice, France, Pland, Spain, and the Netherlands. While eclipsed by his rivals Titian, Veronese, and Tintoretto, Bordone found favor with elites and royals throughout Europe and is appreciated today for his attention to female beauty.
Reference: Corinne Mandel. “Bordone, Paris.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T010089>.
Portrait of a Woman, 1550s, oil on canvas, Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence
Young Woman at Her Toilet, c. 1550, oil on canvas, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Presentation of the Ring to the Doge, 1534, oil on canvas, formerly Scuola Grande di San Marco (Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice)
Venus and Mars with Cupid, 1559-60, oil on canvas, Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Rome
The Venetian Lovers, 1525-30, oil on canvas, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
Italian sculptor Lorenzo Bartolini was born 7 January 1777 in Savignano near Prato. A student of Jacques-Louis David in Paris, Bartolini combined neoclassical and neo-Renaissance elements in his portraits, allegories, and tombs. He settled in Florence after 1812 and remained there until his death in 1850. He was a professor at the Florentine Accademia di Belle Arti, known for innovative pedagogy that included asking models to strike casual and spontaneous poses, contrary to the highly contrived staging typical of the academic studio.
Trust in God, 1833, marble, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan
Bust of Rosa Trivulzio Poldi Pezzoli, 1828, marble, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan