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(b c.1370; d ?Florence, c.1425). Italian painter. He evidently came from Siena, but all his known professional activity was in Florence. In 1391 he took his vows as a monk of the Camaldolese monastery of S. Maria degli Angeli. He rose to the rank of deacon, but in 1402 he was enrolled in the painters' guild under his lay name, Piero di Giovanni (Lorenzo Monaco means ‘Laurence the Monk’), and was living outside the monastery.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)