Tommaso del Mazza (Master of St. Verdiana)

  • active 1377 - 1392
  • Artist
  • Italian

Tommaso del Mazza, known as the Master of Saint Verdiana, worked in the late Gothic style at the dawn of the Renaissance in Florence. In his early career, during the 1370s, he was active in the workshop of Andrea Orcagna, whose work featured gold backgrounds, attention to the picture's surface, and brilliant colors. Showing no compulsion to render a scene in realistic detail, del Mazza allowed the needs of the theme and their inherent symbolism to determine his stylized approach to painting. In the 1390s he became an independent artist.