Domenico Ghirlandaio and his Paintings

Domenico Ghirlandaio

Was an Italian Renaissance painter from Florence. Ghirlandaio was part of the so-called “third generation” of the Florentine Renaissance, along with Verrocchio, the Pollaiolo brothers and Sandro Botticelli. Ghirlandaio was the leader of a large and efficient workshop which included his brothers Davide Ghirlandaio and Benedetto Ghirlandaio, his brother-in-law Sebastiano Mainardi from San Gimignano and later his son Ridolfo Ghirlandaio. Among the many apprentices that passed through his workshop, the most famous was Michelangelo.Ghirlandaio’s particular talent was his ability to depict contemporary life and portraits of contemporary people within the context of religious narratives. This brought him great popularity and many large commissions.

Ghirlandaio was born Domenico di Tommaso di Currado di Doffo Bigordi the son of Tommaso Bigordi by his first wife Antonia di ser Paolo Paoli. He was the eldest of six children born to Tommaso Bigordi by his first wife Antonia di ser Paolo Paoli; of these, only Domenico and his brothers and collaborators Davide and Benedetto Ghirlandaio survived childhood. Tommaso had two more children by his second wife, also named Antonia, whom he married in 1464. Domenico’s half-sister Alessandra (b. 1475) married the painter Bastiano Mainardi in 1494.

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