Giovanni da Milano (Giovanni
di Jacopo di Guido da Caversaccio) was an Italian painter,
known to be active in Florence and Rome between 1346 and
His style is, like many
Florentine painters of the time, considered to be derivative
of Giotto's. Vasari misidentified him as a student of Taddeo
Gaddi, a noted Giotto protégé.
Hailing from Lombardy, the
earliest documentation shows Giovanni in Florence on October
17, 1346, under the name Johannes Jacobi de Commo, listed
amongst the foreign painters living in Tuscany.
Amongst Giovanni's most
A polyptych with Madonna
and Saints (c. 1355), the oldest known signed work by
Giovanni da Milano, painted for the Prato Spedale della
A polyptych made for the Ognissanti of Florence (c. 1363),
now dismembered and scattered, depicting saints and scenes
of the biblical creation myth
Man of Sorrows panel (c. 1365, Accademia, Florence), the
oldest known signed and dated work
Frescoes decorating both sides of the Rinuccini Chapel in
Santa Croce, Florence. Each side consists of five scenes -
one side depicting the Life of the Virgin and the other the
Life of Mary Magdalene. Giovanni is credited with the upper
two registers of each cycle. The bottom register is credited
to Matteo di Pacino.
The latest extent documentation of Giovanni's career comes
in 1369, when he is known to be working in Rome for Pope
Urban V with Giottino and the sons of Taddeo Gaddi.