Italian painter. He was first identified (as Maso) by Ghiberti, who
claimed he was a pupil of Giotto and a great master of painting, but
the issue was complicated for many centuries by Vasari, who confused
Maso with an artist he called Tommaso di Stefano, nicknamed
GIOTTINO. Maso di Banco is mentioned in several Florentine
documents: in 1341 some of his paintings and equipment were seized
against an uncompleted commission; in 1346 he joined the Arte de’
Medici e Speziali. Although none of the output attributed to him is
signed or dated, a major fresco cycle, other more fragmentary
frescoes and some panels of the 1330s and 1340s can be firmly
attributed to him on stylistic grounds.
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