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Michelino da Besozzo: A Captivator

Michelino da Besozzo - The Marriage of the Virgin - c. 1430 - Tempera and gold paint on wood - 25 5/8 x 18 3/4 in. (65.1 x 47.6 cm) - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (click photo for larger image)Among the most celebrated painters of his day, Michelino de Mulinari (1370 - c. 1456) worked for the ruler of Milan as well as in Venice. This is one of only two panel paintings most certainly completed by him. The surface is damaged. The packed composition is laid out much like his work in illuminated manuscripts, and the comical reactions of the rejected suitors reveal the humorous vein of his art that captivated contemporaries.

The artist was also an accomplished miniaturist (painter of illuminated manuscripts). He was very well known and highly regarded in his day. Michelino belongs to the tradition of the Early Renaissance, which covers a period of approximately one-hundred years (from c. 1400 - c. 1500). It was during this period that painting (in particular) evolved from a distinctly medieval style to a classically influenced one. The Early Renaissance was a period of experimentation, whereas the twenty-year-long High Renaissance was a culmination of all of the Early Renaissance developments.