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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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Legend of St Francis- Scenes Nos. 1-3 1297-99 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- Scenes Nos. 1-3 1297-99
The Stoning of St Stephen - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Stoning of St Stephen
Peruzzi And Bardi Chapels - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Peruzzi And Bardi Chapels
The Coronation of the Virgin - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Coronation of the Virgin
Scenes from the Life of Christ- 20. Lamentation (detail... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Christ- 20. Lamentation (detail...
Christ's birth - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Christ's birth
Isaac, Esau back - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Isaac, Esau back
No. 8 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin- 2. Presentation... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 8 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin- 2. Presentation...
No. 6 Scenes from the Life of Joachim- 6. Meeting at... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 6 Scenes from the Life of Joachim- 6. Meeting at...
Circumcision - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Circumcision
Legend of St Francis- 3. Dream of the Palace (detail)... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 3. Dream of the Palace (detail)...
Dispute before Sanhedrin - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Dispute before Sanhedrin
Christ Entering Jerusalem Detail 1 1304-1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Christ Entering Jerusalem Detail 1 1304-1306
Legend of St Francis- 22. Verification of the Stigmata... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 22. Verification of the Stigmata...
Portrait of Cardinal Agucchi - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Portrait of Cardinal Agucchi
Conversion of St Paul - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Conversion of St Paul
Scenes from the Life of St John the Baptist- 3. Feast... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of St John the Baptist- 3. Feast...
Virgin and Child with Sts Dominic and Catherine of... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Virgin and Child with Sts Dominic and Catherine of...
Legend of St Francis- 22. Verification of the Stigmata... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 22. Verification of the Stigmata...
Frescoes in the Arena Chapel in Padua (Scrovegni Chapel)... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Frescoes in the Arena Chapel in Padua (Scrovegni Chapel)...
Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis- 2. Renunciation... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis- 2. Renunciation...
Ognissanti Madonna (detail 3) c. 1310 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Ognissanti Madonna (detail 3) c. 1310
The Last Judgement Detail 4 1304-1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Last Judgement Detail 4 1304-1306
The Nativity 1304-1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Nativity 1304-1306
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