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Taddeo Gaddi

Star Follower of Giotto

Baroncelli Chapel, Santa Croce

Florentine Taddeo Gaddi (c. 1300–c. 1366) was most important of the followers of Giotto and the father of Agnolo (d. 1396).

Taddeo painted some of Florence's finest trecento fresco cycles (notably on the Scenes of the Life of the Virgin in the Baroncelli Chapel (1328-33) in Santa Croce. Unlike Giotto, who narrowed in on the meaning of a scene, he added complexity and detail to his scenes, an emotive use of light and a sense of human intimacy. His later paintings show decorative influence of the great Sienese Bernardo Daddi and Simone Martini, notably in the the Tree of Life and Last Supper in Santa Croce's Refectory.

Also see his works in Santa Felicità, in the Museo Bandini in Fiesole, in San Martino a Mensola in Settignano and in Santa Maria del Prato in San Casciano in Val di Pesa.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: PD Art