Tommaso da Modena

Painter of a Gentle Medieval Realism

St Ursula bidding her mother farewell

Tommaso da Modena (c. 1325–79) was one of the most celebrated painters of his day. He came from the Bolognese miniaturist tradition, but took special care to individualize his subjects and moved towards a more natural, objective style. Most of his work is elsewhere: commissioned by Dominicans in Treviso, and the German Emperor in Prague. In Modena, look for his work in the Galleria Estense and Sant’Agostino).

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