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Statue of Andrea Orcagna in the Uffizi outside gallery in Florence carved by Niccolò Bazzanti at Pietro Bazzanti e Figlio Art Gallery, Forence
Statue of Andrea Orcagna in the Uffizi outside gallery in Florence carved by Niccolò Bazzanti at Pietro Bazzanti e Figlio Art Gallery, 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. He worked as a consultant at the Florence Cathedral and supervised the construction of the facade at the Orvieto Cathedral.[1]

WorksEdit

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".[2]
  • His fresco The Triumph of Death inspired Franz Liszt's masterwork Totentanz.
  • His fresco Crucifixion with a multitude of angels surrounding the cross, portrayed on a dark background and a few fragments of the Last Supper (1365)[3]

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.

PupilEdit

Among Orcagna's pupils and legacy were:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.museumsinflorence.com/uffizi/uffizis/uffizin.html
  2. ^ "Orcagna". Catholic Encyclopedia. 
  3. ^ "Cenacolo by Andrea". VisitFlorence. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Le vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori ed architettori, Volume 1, by Giorgio Vasari, Editor G. C. Sansoni, (1906); page 609.
  6. ^ Vasari, page 610.