|The Last Judgment, 1265-70, Coppo di Marcovaldo, Florence,|
the central figure gracing the dome of the San Giovanni Baptistery.
|Crucifix in the Cathedral of Pistoia, 1274, Coppo di Marcovaldo.|
If the name, Coppo di Marcovaldo, left you scratching your head and muttering, "Who?" That's to be expected. Few art history texts (and their profs) do much more than mention his name (if that). However, if the other three call up the same reaction, then by all means click on each name above and do your homework. Although Coppo was a contemporary of some these early painting masters, he was too obscure at the time to have been their instructor. He was, however, likely more than a mere acquaintance. Though his surviving works are few, there is little doubt he was a significant influence on all three.
|Florence's San Giovanni Baptistery is located directly across the plaza from the Florence Cathedral (the Duomo). Built between 1059 and 1128,|
it predates its "parent" structure by several hundred years.
|Plan of the mosaic dome : 1. Last Judgement (three sections by Coppo). 2. the lantern. 3. Choirs of Angels. 4. Stories from the Book of Genesis. 5. Stories of Joseph. 6. Stories of Mary and Christ. 7. Stories of St. John the Baptist.|
|Christ enthroned. Though a mosaic, there are many painterly|
qualities to the gold leaf tiles (paint applied over the gold leaf.
|One hell of a painting--Christianity rooted in fear.|
|Medieval Byzantine mosaics flavored|
with Italian Renaissance painting.