Domenico di Tommaso Bigordi was born in 1449. Domenico started his artistic career working with his father, who was a goldsmith. He was later nicknamed Ghirlandaio, because of his father's skill at making garlands. In Lives, Renaissance biographer Giorgio Vasari wrote that Ghirlandaio was a student of painter Alesso Baldovinetti. Unlike most other Renaissance painters, Ghirlandaio did not experiment with oil painting, but preferred to work in large-scale fresco. The churches of Cercina and Ognissanti Italy are said to house Ghirlandaio's earliest works and date from the early 1470's. Thes…
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