Italian Proto-Renaissance painter
(active ca. 1280–1348)
Bernardo Daddi (ca. 1290-1348) is recorded as being artistically active between 1312 and 1347, and he probably died in the plague soon thereafter. Daddi was an apprentice in Giotto's Florentine workshop. He received his first important commission around 1330 for a fresco cycle in the Pulci Chapel (now known as the Bardi di Libertà Chapel) in Santa Croce, Florence. He ran a busy workshop specializing in small devotional panels and portable altarpieces. Often quite small in size, these became very popular with Florentine patrons and brought great wealth to his workshop. Daddi's art always retained elements of Byzantine influence, especially in facial types, ornamental patterning, and gold backgrounds. However, like many in Florence's post-Giotto generation, Daddi was also influenced by Sienese art, with its gracefulness and tender human relationships, and he often infused a lyric sweetness into his art.