MANFREDINO DA PISTOIA
(active 1280-1293)

Biography

Italian painter. In 1280 he was paid for (lost) frescoes in the chapel of San Procolo, Pistoia Cathedral. His next known activity was in 1292, when he signed a fresco cycle in San Michele de Fassolo, Genoa, as Magister Manfredinus Pistoriensis. Only detached fragments survive (Genoa, Museo di Sant'Agostino), but they reveal that Manfredino was one of the more eloquent artists of the late 13th century. The dynamic pose and physical solidity of the St Michael shows a keen and intelligent response to the art of Cimabue, whose example can be seen in the modelling and facial construction of the figures in the other major surviving fragment, the Anointing at Bethany. Here Manfredino adds to the traditional Byzantine iconography a sympathetic and psychologically alert sense of the dramatic undertones and a remarkably ambitious and detailed backdrop of a city scene. The last record of his activity is in a Genoese document of 1293.