Formerly known as the Master of the Rinuccini Chapel, he was part of the movement who, in reaction to the ravages of the Black Death in 1348, turned to a sober, stylized and spiritual mode of artistic expression quite different from the directness and naturalism introduced by Giotto (1266–1337). Matteo’s career has only relatively recently been pieced together, largely as the result of connecting his one signed work a polyptych depicting the Coronation of the Virgin, formerly in the Stroganoff collection, with a cycle of frescoes, attributed by Giorgio Vasari to Taddeo Gaddi (1290–1366), painted for the Rinuccini Chapel in the Franciscan church of Santa Croce in Florence.
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Books on Matteo di Pacino
Sonia Chiodo, Painters in Florence after the ‘Black death’: the Master of the Misericordia and Matteo di Pacino, in A Critical and historical corpus of Florentine painting, sec. IV, vol IX, Miklós Boskovits, ed., Florence, 2011.
Alberto Lenzi, ‘Matteo di Pacino’ in Arte Cristiana, Milan, 2005.
Victor M. Schmidt, Painted Piety: Panel Paintings for Personal Devotion in Tuscany, 1250-1400, Florence, 2005.
Luciano Bellosi, ‘Due note per la pittura Fiorentina del trecento’ in Mitteilunger des Kunsthistorischen Institut in Florenz, XVIII, Florence, 1973.