Alesso Baldovinetti is not well served by the internet. A brief biog. here and there (including here), a few scans of his most famous works, and that's it. He's worth more than that and hopefully in time this site for one will be able to ofan extensive review of his work.
If you want to pigeon-hole his work, then it is similar in style to that of Andrea del Castagno and particularly influenced by Domenico Veneziano.
Rumours are all we have for much of his early life. It is rumoured that he helped Domenico Venezianoin in the decorations of the chapel of S. Egidio in Santa Maria Nuova between 1441-51 though it is certain that he was commissioned to complete the series around 1460. What we also know for certain is that two years later he painted the fresco of the Annunciation in the cloister of the Annunziata. And in 1463 he helped with a cartoon of the Nativity, which was executed by Giuliano de Maiano in the sacristy of the cathedral.
Three years later, he started work on pieces for the Portuguese chapel in the church of S. Miniato, though these are given in error by the writer Vasari
to Pietro Pollaiuolo. In 1467, he worked on a fresco of the risen Christ between angels inside a Holy Sepulchre in the chapel of the Rucellai family.
Four years later, Alesso was commissioned by Bongianni Gianfigliazzi to provide pieces and work on the church of Sta. Trinita. This work included painting an altar-piece of the Virgin and Child with six saints (1472); a series of frescoes from the Old Testament which was to be completed according to contract within five years, but actually took sixteen. By 1497 the finished series was valued at a thousand gold florins by a committee consisting of Cosimo Rosselli, Benozzo Gozzoli, Perugino and
Alesso Baldovinetti did not confine himselfto painting. He had rediscovered and fully understood the long disused art of mosaic, and between 1481 and 1483 was employed in repairing the mosaics over the door of the church of S. Miniato, as well as several of those both within and without the baptistery of the cathedral.
Examples of his work can now be found at the Florence Academy,
the Uffizi, and the Louvre.
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