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SPINELLO ARETINO (1350 - 1411)

He is the best known local artist of the 14th century, even though his most significant work was carried out in Florence, Pisa and Siena. He produced works of fundamental importance in this town, particularly in the Chuches of S. Domenico, the SS. Annunziata, and the Basilica of S. Francesco, where he painted the valuable frescoes of the ‘Annunciation’ and of the ‘Cappella Guasconi’. Another outstanding painting is the ‘Pietà’, made for the lunette of the building of the ‘Fraternità dei Laici’ in Piazza Grande, which can now be found in the ‘Museo d’Arte Medievale e Moderno’ in Arezzo. Parri (1387-1453), the son of Spinello Aretino, was also a talented painter. He was a highly original artist and he differentiated his style from that of his father, working instead in European Gothic style. He had contacts both in the circle of Lorenzo Ghiberti and with Sienese painters of the 1400’s.


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