The Holy Family (c. 1490) by Luca Signorelli

The Holy Family - Signorelli, Luca - c

Artwork Information

TitleThe Holy Family
ArtistLuca Signorelli
MediumOil on Wood
Dimensions(124 cm)
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationUffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
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About The Holy Family

Luca Signorelli, a renowned painter of the Italian Renaissance from Cortona in Tuscany, created one of his masterpieces, The Holy Family. This painting represents the pinnacle of Signorelli’s career and marks the achievement of his artistic maturity. This tondo format painting was commissioned for Sala delle Udienze in Florence, which is part of Capitani di Parte Guelfa.

Signorelli pioneered the use of nude figures in depictions of the Holy Family, which was contrary to conventional art at that time. This innovation set Signorelli apart from other Renaissance painters and made his work stand out.

Apart from being a brilliant artist, Vasari claimed to be a distant relative of Signorelli and wrote an impressive biography on him. He trained under Piero della Francesca and started making art early on; unfortunately, only a badly deteriorated fresco depicting the Virgin and saints remains as proof. However, he’s most famous for creating massive frescos such as the Last Judgment located at Orvieto Cathedral.

In summary, Luca Signorelli was an innovative painter who revolutionized Renaissance art through works such as The Holy Family by incorporating nude figures into sacred paintings while still following traditional themes. His artwork displays both creativity and technical expertise which has led to his lasting legacy within art history as one of Italy’s most talented artists.

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