Benozzo Gozzoli (c. 1421 – 1497) was an Italian Renaissance painter. Although his art doesn’t rival his contemporaries in terms of elevation or strength, his works are attractive because of the rich, lively, and abundant aspects of subjects and objects. In his many frescos, he used bright, vivacious and festive colors. He is best known for a series of detailed murals in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi depicting festive, vibrant processions. These include the frescos of the Magi in the Magi Chapel, the Journey of the Magi to Bethlehem and a composition of Angels in Paradise. He included a self portrait in the procession. Our pattern set for Benozzo Gozzoli contains many of his recognized works, both in their entirety and also details. The set includes a self portrait, John VIII Palaeologus, several Madonna and Child paintings, Saint Fortunatus Enthroned, Processor of the Magus Balthaza, Follower of the Old King, Lorenzo De' Medici, The Contemplation of Angels, The Evangelists Luke and John, and the Vision of St. Dominic.

Patterns Included In This Set:

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Self Portrait

John VIII Palaeologus

Madonna and Child

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Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child between St. Francis and St. Bernardine

St. Fortunatus Enthroned

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St. Fina on the Pillar

The Mocking of Christ (detail)

The Departure of St. Jerome for Antioch

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Women of the Tomb (detail)

Madonna and Child giving Blessings

Follower of the Old King (detail)

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Lorenzo De' Medici (detail)

The Contemplation of Angels (detail)

The Evangelists Luke and John (detail)

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Vision of St. Dominic (detail)

St. Jerome Pulling a Thorn from a Lion's Paw

Processor of the Magus Balthazar (detail)

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Processor of the Magus Balthazar (detail)

Procession of the Magus Melchior (detail)

St. Augustine Teaching in Rome (detail)

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St. Augustine Departing for Milan (detail)

Death of Saint Monica (detail)

St. Nicholas of Bari

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St. Nicholas of Tolentine

St. Sebastian

Tabernacle of the Visitation

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St. Gimignano

St. Augustine's Vision of St. Jerome (detail)

The Parade of the Holy Trinity and the Visit (detail)

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Benozzo Gozzoli was an Italian painter in the early part of the Renaissance era. He was an accomplished artist with dozens of paintings, frescos, and murals to his name. Today, people remember Gozzoli for his work. Even though his style is not as distinct as other artists of his time, he was able to create a multitude of pieces, many of which attract audiences to this day.

Some sources say Gozzoli was born in 1420, although there is some debate about the exact year and birthplace. There is not a lot written about the personal life of Gozzoli. During his youthful years, however, he could be found in Florence, Italy.

In his twenties, he transitioned to Rome where he started his career as an artist by apprenticing with Fra Angelico. He worked alongside Angelico for many years and spent a good amount of time painting the Dominican monastery of San Marco. When this project was complete, Gozzoli began work with Lorenzo Ghiberti.

Gozzoli's style was greatly impacted by the decade he spent as an apprentice. He learned many traits from Ghiberti and Angelico. For instance, his aptitude to tell a story through his paintings by using vivid illustrations and fine details was a sign of Ghiberti. Angelico's influence shown in Gozzoli's use of brilliant colors.

However, like a good pupil, Gozzoli took these influences and developed his own personal style. Many critiques will make the point that Gozzoli's work was not as strong as other artists of his time. But he had a great way of bringing paintings to life by portraying settings and people that were full of life and color. This was especially true when his subject matter was lighthearted.

While not always seen as original, Gozzoli set himself apart from his contemporaries in more ways than one. Even though he was not known for his attention to detail (in fact, many pieces of his work can be found with errors), he did enjoy embellishing landscapes with animals and birds. Also Gozzoli's tireless efforts cannot be denied. The sheer number of paintings he produced prove he was one of the most accomplished artists of the Italian Renaissance.

His paintings are too many to list. Throughout the course of his career, he was responsible for creating nearly 145 different scenes. Much of his artwork can be visited today, as he had the privilege of painting the interiors of many historic locations.

The Lateran Museum now holds his Madonna and Child with Saints and Angels, which he painted in the monastery of S. Fortunato in 1449. Some of Gozzoli's landmark paintings include the Medici-Riccardi Palace. In 1459 he completed Journey of the Magi to Bethlehem, a fresco in the chapel. Then in 1463 he worked at San Gimignano to create 17 different scenes from the life of St. Augustine. One of his greatest commissions took place in Campo Santo, a cemetery in Pisa. There, he completed 25 frescoes inspired by Old Testament Bible stories.

The latest artwork attributed to Gozzoli (for certain) was dated 1485. He died in 1497. Some sources say he was buried in the monastery of San Domenico in Pistoria. Others claim his final resting place was Campo Santo, Pisa. With more than 500 years separating Gozzoli and modern day, it is easy to think of him as a mysterious man. But it's hard to imagine him that way in his own time. He painted his way through Italy and it can be assumed that he was seen then, as he is now, as an accomplished artist.

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