from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Ghirlandaio, Domenico Originally Domenico Bigordi. 1449-1494. Florentine painter known especially for his narrative frescoes, such as Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis (1483-1485).


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  • Far right: a 1570 portrait by Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio.

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  • Room four, "Secrets and Conundrums," has a painting, "The Virgin and Child with Two Angels," once attributed to Ghirlandaio.

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  • "Ghirlandaio and Renaissance Florence" explores Florence through the works of Botticelli, Pollaiuolo and Ghirlandaio.

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  • The young Domenico Ghirlandaio was showing great skill in fresco, and a lively rivalry was growing between him and Sandro.

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  • Leonardo could not produce to the levels of Ghirlandaio and Botticelli, not even a fraction.

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  • They were discussing the work of Domenico Ghirlandaio, a darkly handsome, soft-spoken family man from an accomplished Florentine art dynasty.

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  • Always in the shadow of neighboring Florence, the city of Prato nonetheless enjoyed its own moment of artistic glory in the 15th and 16th centuries, spurred by the resident Lippis, father and son, and their contemporaries, including Fra Diamante, Ghirlandaio and Botticelli.

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  • He created the Sistine Chapel and had it decorated with frescoes by Sandro Botticelli, Pinturicchio, Pietro Perugino, and Domenico Ghirlandaio.


  • Almost all of the "great painters" and "Old Masters" were both artists and teachers, from Verrocchio (Leonardo, Botticelli and Ghirlandaio's teacher) to Ghirlandaio (one of Michelangelo's teachers) to Raphael (Giulio Romano's teacher) to Rubens (Van Dyck's teacher).

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  • The walls were prestigious fresco work, not the ceiling; these were all done by top Florentine fresco painters of their day: Botticelli, Perugino, Ghirlandaio.

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