Benozzo Gozzoli Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1421 - 1497 *** Full Name: His birth name was Benozzo di Lese but he was known as Benozzo Gozzoli *** Date of Birth: Benozzo Gozzoli was born 1421, the exact date is unknown *** Place of Birth: He was born in in a small village called Sant’Ilario a Colombano Italy *** Education: Benozzo Gozzoli began his artistic education in 1442
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 1: He was born during the Renaissance period in history which began in Northern Italy during the 14th century
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 2: Benozzo Gozzoli was sent to Florence by his father together with the rest of their family - Alesso di Benozzo, Gerolamo and Francesco in 1427.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 3: His first teacher was Fra Angelico, a famous early Renaissance painter from Tuscany.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 4: Some of the earliest work of Benozzo Gozzoli can be seen in the convent of San Marco where he carried out work from Fra Angelico’s designs.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 5: In 1447 together with Fra Angelico they travelled to Rome having been summoned by Pope Eugene IV to decorate a fresco in the Vatican Palace.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 6: Thereafter they were employed by Nicholas V to work in the Cappella Niccolina.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 7: Their next collaboration would be in the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva also possibly from a design of Angelico’s.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 8: Next was a further fresco in Santa Maria in Aracoeli, the St Anthony and Two Angels.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 9: The last time they worked together would be in the vault of the Duomo di Orvieto in Umbria.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 10: His work for a time after that showed a distinctly similar style to that of Angelico.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 11: Benozzo Gozzoli moved to Umbria in 1449 when Benozzo Gozzoli's time with Angelico had come to an end.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 12: In Umbria in the S Fortunato monastery, near Montefalco, Benozzo Gozzoli painted the Madonna and Child with Saints and Angels together with several other pieces.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 13: Whilst in Montefalco he took on an assistant, Pier Antonio Mezzastris, an artist born in Foligno in Umbria, only nine years his junior.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 14: His next commission would see Benozzo Gozzoli travel back to Florence where it is said he created his most famous piece in the Magi Chapel of the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi which was the Journey of the Magi to Bethlehem and also Angels in Paradise.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 15: During this stay in Florence Benozzo Gozzoli also completed his Virgin and Child with Saints in 1461.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 16: From Florence in 1464 Benozzo Gozzoli set out for San Gimignano where he undertook several projects, one for the church of Sant’Agostino.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 17: In 1469 Benozzo Gozzoli began a massive project on a series of murals from the Old Testament for the Campo Santo of Pisa.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 18: Zanobi Macchiavelli was understood to have given his assistance with this enormous project.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 19: It is said, with an element of certainty, that Benozzo Gozzoli continued this work up until at least 1485.
Benozzo Gozzoli Fact 20: Benozzo Gozzoli died in 1497 in Pistoria possibly from the bubonic plague and was laid to rest in a tomb in Campo Santo believed to have been a gift from the local authorities in his honor.Notable Events of the Renaissance and during the life of Benozzo Gozzoli include: Charles VI of France and Henry V of England both die. Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in Rouen. Cosimo de’Medici became ruler of Florence.
List of Famous Works by Benozzo Gozzoli:
The Rape of Helen c.1437-1439
Women at the Tomb c.1440-1441
Adoration of the Magi c.1440-1441
Madonna and Child Giving Blessing c.1449
St Jerome Pulling a Thorn from a Lion’s Paw c.1452
Procession of the Magi c.1459-1460
Purification Altarpiece c.1461
The Dance of Salome c.1461-1462
Martyrdom of St Sebastian c.1465
Mystical Marriage of St Catherine c.1466
The Vintage and Drunkenness of Noah c. 1469-1484
Histories of the Holy Virgin c.1484
Descent from the Cross c.1491
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