Zachariah in the Temple: Marsilio Ficino, Cristoforo Landino, Angelo Poliziano and Demetrios Chalkondyles. Detail.
1486-1490. Fresco. Santa Maria Novella, Tornabuoni Cappella, Florence, Italy. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Ghirlandaio included the portraits of the scholars Marsilio Ficino, Cristoforo Landino and Angelo Poliziano in this fresco. On the right is Demetrios Chalkondyles (1424-1511) a Byzantine scholar who was brought to Florence by Lorenzo de'Medici in order to teach Greek literature. The humanists were highly regarded and were the social equals of the rich merchants, their patrons