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Giovanni di Paolo

active by 1417; died 1482

Giovanni di Paolo was the main painter, after Sassetta, of early 15th-century Siena. His altarpieces typically follow traditional Sienese designs. He is best known for his lively and picturesque narrative scenes, especially his predella panels, in which the influence of early 15th-century Florentine artists fitfully appears.

Giovanni di Paolo produced his first signed and dated work in 1426. He was subsequently a prolific artist, though apparently creating little in his later years, when Vecchietta, Francesco di Giorgio and Matteo di Giovanni were active in the city.