THE KALEIDOSCOPE OF OTTAVIANO NELLI
OTTAVIANO DI MARTINO NELLI
(GUBBIO, 1370 ca. – 1448-49)
Schooled in the late Gothic culture, Ottaviano Nelli was an absolute protagonist of the 15th century in the city of Gubbio. He knew how to blend local tradition with elements taken from Lombard painting and French miniature, developing a personal language close to the solutions of Lorenzo Salimbeni and Gentile da Fabriano.
In Gubbio, where he was repeatedly appointed consul of the city, he directed a very active workshop that exerted a certain influence in Umbria and the Marches.
«Ottaviano Nelli’s pictorial strength was his ability to cross registers and mix levels, the music of the angels and the sour smell of the stables, the sacred hymn and the irreverent masquerade, the lilial tenderness of his Madonnas and the crudity of the blood in streams of martyrs, the melancholy sweetness and the smug vulgarity»
Andrea De Marchi and Maria Rita Silvestrelli.
Palazzo dei Consoli