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Italian painter Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia

Divina Commedia - Paradiso - illuminated by Italian painter Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia c. 1450
Divina Commedia – Paradiso – illuminated by Italian painter Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia c. 1450

Italian painter Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia
Lived from 1403 to 1482, he illustrated manuscripts, including Dante’s texts. And was one of the most important painters of the 15th century Sienese school. Giovanni’s reputation declined after his death but revived in the 20th century. After becoming the rector of the painter’s guild in 1441, Giovanni di Paolo was the clear choice to illuminate Dante’s Paradiso. Working on what is known today as “The Yates Thompson Dante”, Giovanni created 61 images to accompany the vernacular poem. In particular, Giovanni di Paolo used his unique style to create an obviously Tuscan panorama in a sun-filled world.

Divina Commedia - Paradiso - illuminated by Giovanni di Paolo c. 1450
The Expulsion from Paradise (1445) by Giovanni di Paolo c. 1450

One of the more famous illuminations from the cycle is The Creation and The Expulsion from Paradise (1445). Giovanni created a unique image by showing two separate scenes in one; God floating above the universe and the expulsion of Adam and Eve.

One theory is that God is simultaneously expelling Adam and Eve and banishing them to earth. Some scholars believe Giovanni was referencing a book called the Sphera. Made for lay people to give them a better understanding of the universe, based on Greek cosmology (Chaos), which would account for Giovanni’s number of circles and also their colors.

Italian painter Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia

Page of Manuscript Illustrated by Giovanni di Paolo c. 1450
Page of Manuscript, c. 1450
Illustrated by Italian master Giovanni di Paolo “Divina Commedia – Paradiso”. c. 1450
Illustrated by Italian master “Divina Commedia – Paradiso”. c. 1450
Sun-filled world from Divina Commedia – Paradiso manuscript. Illustrated by Giovanni di Paolo c. 1450
Sun-filled world from Divina Commedia – Paradiso manuscript. c. 1450
Italian artist Giovanni di Paolo. Divina Commedia – Paradiso c. 1450
Divina Commedia – Paradiso c. 1450
15th century illustration to Divina Commedia – Paradiso – illuminated by Giovanni di Paolo c. 1450
15th century illustration to Divina Commedia – Paradiso, c. 1450
Rare and unique pages of Divina Commedia – Paradiso – illustrated by Giovanni di Paolo c. 1450
Rare and unique pages of Divina Commedia – Paradiso, c. 1450
Paradiso – illuminated by Italian painter Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia c. 1450
Paradiso – illuminated c. 1450
Exquisite work of art. Divina Commedia - Paradiso - illuminated by Giovanni di Paolo c. 1450
Exquisite work of art. Divina Commedia – Paradiso c. 1450
Exquisite work of art. Divina Commedia - Paradiso - illuminated by Giovanni di Paolo c. 1450
Amazing illustrated pages of manuscript c. 1450
Exquisite work of art. Divina Commedia - Paradiso - illuminated by Giovanni di Paolo c. 1450
The Creation and The Expulsion from Paradise (1445) and Divina Commedia – Paradiso c. 1450
One of the most important painters of the 15th century Sienese school Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia
One of the most important painters of the 15th century Sienese school Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia

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