Giusto de' Menabuoi

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Giusto de' Menabuoi
Giusto de' Menabuoi

( fl 1349–c. 1390).

Italian painter. He was a native of Florence, but all records of his activity and all surviving works are in or from northern Italy. Together with the Veronese painter Altichiero, and following in the wake of the native Guariento, Giusto helped establish Padua as a major centre for the development of late 14th-century painting. His work illustrates the widening stylistic gulf in the years following the Black Death between the activities of Florentine painters working in Florence and those of artists either born there or exposed to the influence of Florentine art before the mid-century, but working further north, where, after c. 1350, the most significant developments of the Giottesque legacy took place. Beyond a shared Florentine tendency to monumental form, his art increasingly diverged from the style of Orcagna and his school, and Giusto’s expansion of the pictorial possibilities suggested by Giotto, Maso di Banco and Taddeo Gaddi in the early decades of the century is bolder than anything attempted by the painters of late 14th-century Florence. His career may be divided into two phases: work in Lombardy, 1350s and 1360s; and from c. 1370 in Padua, where he enjoyed the patronage of the Carrara court.

The altarpiece

Madonna and Child

Scenes from the left of the polyptych

Scenes from the right of the polyptych

The martyrdom of Saint James
Fresco from the chapel of S. Luca Belludi

The Coronation of the Virgin, and Other Scenes

Fresco, 1376-1378  Baptistry, Siena

Creation of the world

Scenes from the Old Testament

The creation of Eve

Expulsion of Adam and Eve



St Luke

St John the Evangelist

St John the Baptist

The story of Jacob

Joseph in the well

Fina Buzzaccarini introduced to God's Mother by John the Baptist