|Dates||active about 1290 - 1320|
The history of painting in Florence has been distinguished by many famous names, but the identity of one influential artist remains a mystery: the Master of St. Cecilia. Because his work contains poses and Greek inscriptions derived from Roman paintings and
He was active in Florence in the late 1200s and early 1300s, and he was familiar with innovations in the naturalistic rendering of form and space created by his contemporary, Giotto. The extent of this master's contact with Giotto and other Florentine artists has been debated; regardless, scholars believe that the Master of St. Cecilia had a considerable influence on Bernardo Daddi and other painters.
A number of works in and around Florence, similar in style, are believed to be by his hand. In addition to the painting for which he is named-the