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Landino, Cristoforo

    Full Name: Landino, Cristoforo

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1424

    Date Died: 1498

    Place Born: Florence, Tuscany, Italy

    Place Died: Borgo alla Collina, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

    Home Country/ies: Italy

    Subject Area(s): biography (general genre), fifteenth century (dates CE), and Italian (culture or style)

    Career(s): art historians


    Quattrocento writer, precursor of Vasari in that he constructed a list of biographies artists. Landino was a member of Marcilio Ficino’s group of intellectuals, employing neo-platonistic philosophy in their interpretation of the arts. In 1481 he published a commentary on Dante which included an account of contemporary Florentine artists and sculptors. His evaluations of Cimabue and Giotto drew heavily on the earlier work of Filippo Villani. Landino’s terminology, which he used principally for literary criticism, seems to have been absorbed immediately into the art criticism of others. As a friend of Alberti, Landino’s writings help popularize the more intellectual treatises of his friend.


    Kultermann, Udo. The History of Art History. New York: Abaris, 1993, p. 11; The Dictionary of Art 18: 699; Baxandall, Michael. Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy: A Pprimer in the Social History of Pictorial Style. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988, pp. 144-51.


    "Landino, Cristoforo." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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