Francesco di Antonio del Chierico

Dates1433 - 1484
BornFlorence, Italy
DiedFlorence, Italy

Francesco di Antonio del Chierico, an illuminator and goldsmith, was one of the most prolific manuscript painters of the fifteenth century in Florence. He worked for Cosimo, Piero and Lorenzo de Medici as well as Federigo da Montefeltro. He was also an associate of the renowned bookseller Vespasiano da Bisticci, who helped him acquire patrons beyond Italy, such as Ferdinand I of Naples, Louis XI of France, and Matthias Corvinus, king of Hungary. Del Chierico's animated miniatures are marked by a high level of creativity and innovation, both in terms of style and subject matter. His production was not only vast but also varied. He illuminated literary, historical, and devotional books-from small books of hours to large humanist texts.