Stefano Di Giovanni Sassetta (Italian artist, 1394-1450) SAn Sepolcro Alterpiece c 1437-44
Little is known of the family of Stefano Di Giovanni Sassetta (Italian artist, 1394-1450) who was probably the apprentice of Paolo di Giovanni Fei, & may have studied under Benedetto di Bindo. He painted in what is now called the Sienese School style of painting. Francesco di Giorgio e di Lorenzo, known as Vecchietta, is said to have been his apprentice. Most of Sassetta's work is known today through his commissions for church altarpieces.
In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were a large part of the core of early Western art. In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.