Statue of Giotto - Joseph Mallord William Turner
Statue of Giotto
Giotto di Bondone (c. 1267–January 8, 1337), better known simply as Giotto, was an Italian painter and architect from Florence. He is generally considered the first in a line of great artists who contributed to the Italian Renaissance.

Giotto's contemporary Giovanni Villani wrote that Giotto was "the most sovereign master of painting in his time, who drew all his figures and their postures according to nature. And he was given a salary by the commune [of Florence] in virtue of his talent and excellence."

The later 16th century biographer Giorgio Vasari says of him "...He made a decisive break with the ...Byzantine style, and brought to life the great art of painting as we know it today, introducing the technique of drawing accurately from life, which had been neglected for more than two hundred years."

Giotto's masterwork is the decoration of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, commonly called the Arena Chapel, completed around 1305. This fresco cycle depicts the life of the Virgin and the life of Christ. It is regarded as one of the supreme masterpieces of the Early Renaissance. That Giotto painted the Arena Chapel and that he was chosen by the commune of Florence in 1334 to design the new campanile (bell tower) of the Florence Cathedral are among the few certainties of his biography. Almost every other aspect of it is subject to controversy: his birthdate, his birthplace, his appearance, his apprenticeship, the order in which he created his works, whether or not he painted the famous frescoes at Assisi, and where he was eventually buried after his death.

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The Seven Vices-Injustice - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Seven Vices-Injustice
St Peter Martyr Altarpiece - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
St Peter Martyr Altarpiece
St Francis Giving His Cloak To A Poor Man 1295-1300 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
St Francis Giving His Cloak To A Poor Man 1295-1300
No. 5 Scenes from the Life of Joachim- 5. Joachim's... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 5 Scenes from the Life of Joachim- 5. Joachim's...
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple
The Nativity And Adoration Of The Shepherds Detail... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Nativity And Adoration Of The Shepherds Detail...
Death Of St Francis And Inspection Of Stigmata Detail... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Death Of St Francis And Inspection Of Stigmata Detail...
Stigmatization of St Francis 1300 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Stigmatization of St Francis 1300
Fresco cycle on the life of St. Francis of Assisi - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Fresco cycle on the life of St. Francis of Assisi
Scenes from the Life of Christ- 20. Lamentation (detail... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Christ- 20. Lamentation (detail...
The Lion Recalls the Cubs to Life (on the decorative... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Lion Recalls the Cubs to Life (on the decorative...
Legend of St Francis- 17. St Francis Preaching before... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 17. St Francis Preaching before...
The Death of the Boy in Sessa 1310s - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Death of the Boy in Sessa 1310s
Scenes from the Life of Mary Magdalene- Mary Magdalene... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Mary Magdalene- Mary Magdalene...
Peruzzi And Bardi Chapels - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Peruzzi And Bardi Chapels
No. 39 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 23. Pentecost... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 39 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 23. Pentecost...
Legend of St Francis- 14. Miracle of the Spring (detail)... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 14. Miracle of the Spring (detail)...
Legend of St Francis- 8. Vision of the Flaming Chariot... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 8. Vision of the Flaming Chariot...
Madonna And Child With St Nicholas St John The Evangelist... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Madonna And Child With St Nicholas St John The Evangelist...
Saint Anthony the Abbot Tempted by a Lump of Gold - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Saint Anthony the Abbot Tempted by a Lump of Gold
Christ on the Cross between Mary and John - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Christ on the Cross between Mary and John
Legend of St Francis- 25. Dream of St Gregory 1300 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 25. Dream of St Gregory 1300
Perugia Altarpiece (central panel) - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Perugia Altarpiece (central panel)
Coronation of the Virgin 2 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Coronation of the Virgin 2

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