By Coady Cullen
• Paullo Uccello was born in 1397. He was the son of a
barber, and lived in Florence. Paulo Uccello’s real name
as Palo di Dono, but his name to Uccello, meaning
“bird” in Italianb, because of his love animals.
• Uccello was always poor because money did not matter
to him; only his paintings did. At the age of 14, he was
admitted to the Guild of Florentine Artists. In the
1450's Paolo Uccello had Piero de Medici as a patron.
Uccello was apprenticed to the sculptor, Lorenzo
• Paolo Uccello passed away in 1475 , at the age of 78.
• Paolo Uccello was known for his studies in
foreshortening (to make the lines shorter than they
really are to give an illusion of proper perspective) and
linear perspective.
• He loved using the forms and movement of humans and
animals in his paintings. Paolo Uccello's paintings are
very famous for improbable tangles of horses, riders,
lances and pennants, helmets and bits of landscape.
Paulo’s famous paintings:
The three panels:
The Battle of San Romana
Night Hunt
The Deluge
He also painted portraits of:
• Sir John Hakins
St George and the dragon
• Uccello's paintings resemble life and confuse
us into mistaking illusions for reality.
• Paolo was not only a painter but also a
• Paolo Uccello’s impact on people was the
perspective he used in his paintings. Also an
impact of his was his use of brilliant colours
and the fantastic effects in his paintings.
At San Miniato
• While Uccello was still quite young he got an important job to do, all
by himself. He was asked to paint some frescoes showing stories of
different saints for the monks of a Church of San Miniato, on a
mountain above Florence. It was a large beautiful church, the monks
at the monastery did not eat expensive food. They only ate bread and
cheese! So Uccello also ate nothing but bread and cheese for breakfast,
lunch and dinner, sometimes made into soup. After a few weeks he
thought he was turning into cheese! So he ran away from the
monastery and went back to Florence , leaving his work unfinished.
At Florence Cat
In 1436 he was back in Florence to do some important jobs for
Florence Cathedral. The first was to paint a large fresco in
honour of an English Knight, Sir John Hawkwood.
The painting of Sir John is quite unusual. It is of Sir John on
his war horse. Uccello has painted it to look like a statue of the
soldier on his horse. The horse is standing on a painted plinth
like the base of a statue and Sir John's name is written on the
plinth, as if the statue was standing in the town square. And
in large letters are words which translate as "The Work of
Paolo Uccello". The painting was very popular, and some years
later, another soldier was remembered in the same way with a
painting by the artist Andrea Castagno.
The second job that Uccello had at the Cathedral was to paint
the clock. The clock has two faces, one that can be seen outside
in the square and another which is on an inside wall of the
The two faced clock
Sir John Hakwood
By Coady Cullen

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