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Domenico Ghirlandaio


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In this lesson the student will:

  • Analyze Ghirlandaio's portrait of Francesco Sassetti and his son and how he captured the expressions and personalities of his subjects;
  • Identify the use of line, color, space, and value in this painting;
  • Discover characteristics of a Renaissance portrait and a window-like frame;
  • Describe Ghirlandaio's use of tints and shades to show form;
  • Sketch faces in proportion;
  • Draw realistic portraits, using chalk pastel techniques, and create Renaissance-style frames.
Domenico Ghirlandaio, Francesco Sassetti and his son Teodoro
ca. 1487, tempera on wood, 84.5 cm. x 64 cm.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA.


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