SOGLIANI, Giovanni Antonio
(b. 1492, Firenze, d. 1544, Firenze)

St Dominic and his Friars Fed by Angels

Convent of San Marco, Florence

According to Vasari, the conventional style of this large fresco in the refectory of the San Marco convent was imposed by the Dominican patrons, who rejected Sogliani's own more modern design on the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. Finally the artist produced a more pedantic and restrained subject, entitled St Dominic and his Friars Fed by Angels, which contains added portraits and saints, as well as a Crucifixion. In comparison with the drawing it is static and disunified.

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