Monday, October 8, 2007
AN OLD MAN AND HIS GRANDSON
Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494) was a brilliant Florentine artist who produced many finely detailed paintings and frescoes during the Renaissance. His real name, like the art he created, was grand and decorous and very Italian -- Domenico di Tommaso Curradi di Doffo Bigordi; "Ghirlandaio" was a nickname that meant "garland-maker" (his day job). Eventually he apprenticed with Alessio Baldovinetti.
Later, Ghirlandaio had apprentices of his own, including Michelangelo. The garland-maker continues to teach us today.