Matteo di Giovanni

active 1452; died 1495

Matteo di Giovanni was probably born in Borgo Sansepolcro. He was in partnership with Giovanni di Pietro in Siena in 1452 and still there in 1457. It has been suggested that he trained with Sassetta or Domenico di Bartolo; but an awareness of Florentine art and especially that of Pollaiuolo has been detected, which may imply that he spent time in Florence.

Matteo di Giovanni is known to have provided the side panels for a polyptych in Borgo Sansepolcro, of which the central panel was 'The Baptism of Christ' by Piero della Francesca, which is now in the Collection. There are other authenticated paintings by Matteo di Giovanni, including the Gallery's 'Assumption of the Virgin'. It is sometimes thought that Pietro Orioli trained in his studio.