GIOVANNI DI BARTOLOMEO CRISTIANI
(b. ca. 1340, Pistoia, d. ca. 1398, Pistoia)

Biography

Italian painter. Little remains of the work of this master, active in his native Pistoia and Florence. Our knowledge of his style is based on three signed pictures, the St John altarpiece, dated 1370, in the church of San Giovanni Fuorcivitas in Pistoia, a Madonna in the Pistoia Gallery, and a triptych dated 1390, in a private collection. These paintings and a few that have been attributed to him on the basis of style show that he was strongly influenced by Andrea Orcagna's brother, Nardo di Cione. His rigorously balanced and often symmetrical compositions, along with the sharp outlines of his figures, show that he knew the paintings of Maso di Banco, who is known to have worked in Pistoia.