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Cennino Cennini

Cennino Cennini (about 1370–about 1440) was an Italian artist and writer, and is now most famous as the author of 'Il Libro dell'Arte', probably written in the late 1390s. This work is concerned with the practice of painting and was intended as a technical handbook for the apprentice.

Translated into English under the title 'The Craftsman's Handbook' by D.V.Thompson (1954), it is an invaluable source of information about all aspects of the craft of the late medieval painter's workshop and techniques.

Cennino claimed that he was a painter, a pupil of Agnolo Gaddi, whose father was a pupil of Giotto, but no known work by him has been securely identified.