Benozzo Gozzoli was born in 1420 in Florence Italy. He spent most of his early life at his home city of Florence and moved to places like Orvieto and Rome, but ended up returning to his home city for the rest of his life. He was a brilliant man and painter. He learned so many painting and math skills at Scuola Dall'Abaco, from his parents as a goldsmith, and later on in life as the assistant of Fra Angelico. Gozzoli's parents were goldsmiths so he was introduced to art at a young age, he later on would have a rich freelance lifestyle as a painter. As a painter, he would later on create magnificent works like "Triumph of Saint Thomas", "Scenes from the Life of Saint John the Baptist", and "Journey of the Magi". Most if not all of his works were patronized by the Medici's.
Art Work Info
This piece was made in 1459. It is currently located Metropolitan Museum of Art, Florence, Via Cavour No. 1: Palazzo Medici Riccardi, The North Wall of the Main Room. This piece is very significant to the legend of the medicis. Lorenzo the Magnificent is idealized in the visage of the King. This piece used the revolutionary artistic renaissance techniques. This piece exemplifies the techniques of perspectivism. The rocky hills, clouds and castle give the art so much depth and real look. It also uses Naturalism perfectly with the trees, birds, and clouds. He often used naturalism is a lot of his paintings. In my opinion this piece is so magnificent because of the illusionism. Not only does he give you the illusion that your a bird in the high hills of florence he leaves secret details such as his own self portrait.