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Florentine artist Paolo Uccello (1396-1475) belonged to an exciting new type of scientific painter with an interest in how to depict space through the art of perspective (which may have caused him to fall out a favour with some of his patrons). Although forgotten after his death, by the 20th century there was a revival of interest in his work. He gained his nickname Uccello (Italian for bird) from his fondness for animals. One of his best known paintings The Battle of San Romano (which once hung in the great hall of the Palazzo Medici in Florence) can be seen at the National Gallery in London.
Richard Cupidi is an experienced American born art historian and adult education tutor based in Brighton.