(b. 1449, Firenze, d. 1494, Firenze)
Obsequies of St Fina (detail)1473-75
Collegiata, San Gimignano
In the long row of expressive heads Ghirlandaio already reveals his unique ability to create convincing character studies, a skill that was to bring him fame and many well paid commissions. Some of those depicted do not seem to be taking part in the ceremony, while others are deeply moved. The server at the saint's feet is more interested in his processional cross than in the ceremony, and the server next to him is looking around to keep himself amused.
In the lower left corner on of the miracles can be seen: a blind choirboy who kisses her foot regains his sight.