An elderly man in red robes plays with a small child on his lap, with an Italian landscape circa 1500 visible out the window.

365 Days of Art – January 11: Birth and Death of Domenico Ghirlandaio

Portrait of an Old Man and His Grandson, c. 1490, Domenico Ghirlandaio

January 11, 1449

Domenico Ghirlandaio, a Renaissance painter, was born in Florence, Italy. One of his students was Michelangelo. They were not close, perhaps because Ghirlandaio was threatened by his student’s talent. Ghirlandaio was known for being aggressive and cutthroat, and once sent his brother out of town for an extended period in order to avoid the competition. Ghirlandaio died on the same date in 1494.

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