Paolo Uccello  

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Paolo Uccello (born Paolo di Dono, 1397December 10 1475) was an Italian painter who was notable for his pioneering work on visual perspective in art. Giorgio Vasari in his book Lives of the Artists wrote that Uccello was obsessed by his interest in perspective and would stay up all night in his study trying to grasp the exact vanishing point. He used perspective in order to create a feeling of depth in his paintings and not, as his contemporaries, to narrate different or succeeding stories.

His best known works are the three paintings representing the battle of San Romano (for a long time these were wrongly entitled the "Battle of Sant' Egidio of 1416").

Paolo worked in the Late Gothic tradition, and emphasized colour and pageantry rather than the Classical realism that other artists were pioneering. His style is best described as idiosyncratic, and he left no school of followers. He had some influence on twentieth century art and literary criticism.


Pope-Hennessy is far more conservative than the Italian authors: he attributes some of the works below to a "Prato Master" and a "Karlsruhe Master". Most of the dates in the list (taken from Borsi and Borsi) are derived from stylistic comparison rather than from documentation.

Clock in the Duomo, Florence.
  • St George and the Dragon (c. 1439–1440) - Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris
  • Clock Face with Four Prophets/Evangelists (1443) - Duomo, Florence
  • Resurrection (1443–1444) - stained glass window, Duomo, Florence
  • Nativity (1443–1444) - stained glass window, Duomo, Florence
  • Story of Noah (c. 1447) - lunette and lower section, Chiostro Verde, Santa Maria Novella, Florence
  • Scenes of Monastic Life (c. 1447–1454) - S. Miniato al Monte, Florence
  • Saint George and the Dragon (c. 1450-55) - National Gallery, London
  • Crucifixion (c. 1457–1458) - Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid
  • Life of the Holy Fathers (c. 1460–1465) - Accademia, Florence
  • Miracle of the Profaned Host (1467–1468) - predella, Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Palazzo Ducale, Urbino)
  • The Hunt in the Forest (c. 1470) -- Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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