Nanni di Banco, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Nanni di Banco

Italian artist (1380-1421)

Date of Birth: 01-Jan-1380

Place of Birth: Florence, Tuscany

Date of Death: 01-Jan-1421

Profession: architect, sculptor

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Nanni di Banco

  • Nanni d'Antonio di Banco (c.
  • 1384 – 1421) was an Italian sculptor from Florence.He was born to artist Antonio Di Banco, who worked on the Cathedral of Florence in Florence, Italy.
  • Historians have tried to determine the year of his birth between 1375 and 1390 based on colleagues.
  • Nanni di Banco seemed to have had a close relationship with well known artist Donatello.
  • With this knowledge Nanni’s life timeline circles Donatello’s.
  • In February of 1405 Nanni was enrolled as an artist into the masons’ guild Arte Di Pietra e Legname.
  • This guild allowed him to work in the cathedral directly where he began his work as a sculptor.
  • Nanni and his father were commissioned to carve the Isaiah statue for the Cathedral ..
  • Antonio was strictly a stone-carver resulting in the sculpture done by Nanni alone.
  • Nanni was the Magister of him and his father’s workshop where Donatello was recruited from to build the sculpture David.
  • Nanni was selected to carve a sculpture of St.
  • Luke which took him 5 years to complete.
  • He is mostly known for his work in transitioning from gothic to renaissance art.
  • Nanni Di Banco Died in 1421. Colleagues A contemporary of Donatello and Lorenzo Ghiberti, Nanni was a sculptor in fifteenth-century Florence.
  • He is well known for his sculpture group Four Crowned Martyrs (Quattro Santi Coronati) (1412–15) which was commissioned by the stone carvers and wood workers guild for the Church of Orsanmichele.
  • The significance of this work is not only the striking naturalism and individuality of the figures, but also the complexity of construction of a sculpture group. His Works Nanni di Banco made a name for himself in the transition from International Gothic art to Renaissance art creating a path for Early Renaissance in Florence.
  • Many of his works are displayed inside the Cathedral, the church and museum of Orsanmichele in Florence.
  • His first major work was a statue of the Isaiah in 1408 for the Cathedral his father worked for. The Quattro Coronati was created in 1416.
  • At this time many artists wanted to depict pagan gods and saints but were hung.
  • Nanni Di Banco decided to depict a dialogue between four saints, creating the title.
  • The sculpture not only shows dialogue but also demonstrates the extent to which human behavior can be portrayed by stone.
  • It is easy to find ancient Roman influence on the four sculptures.
  • Many of the faces and togas look similar to ancient Roman republican sculptures.
  • Artists were required to develop a sculpture for the outside of church St.
  • Michele.
  • Nanni’s colleague, Donatello, is credited to sculpt one saint.
  • However, Nanni Di Banco portrays a dialogue in which only one of the four men is speaking and the rest are listening, not directly looking at the subject but still engaging in conversation. San Luca is a marble sculpture, in works with the renaissance artist Donatello.
  • Nanni Di Banco exploits the themes of humanism and a new proposal to human expression.
  • Furthermore, we can understand how the influence of this movement was to express the outline and the human face through shadowing and posture. Giorgio Vasari includes a biography of Nanni di Banco in his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects.

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