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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Christ on the Cross between Mary and John - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Christ on the Cross between Mary and John
Raising of the Boy in Sessa 1310s - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Raising of the Boy in Sessa 1310s
Coronation of the Virgin 2 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Coronation of the Virgin 2
No. 27 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 11. Expulsion... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 27 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 11. Expulsion...
Dispute before Sanhedrin - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Dispute before Sanhedrin
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...
St Peter Preaching in the Presence of St Mark - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
St Peter Preaching in the Presence of St Mark
Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis- 2. Renunciation... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis- 2. Renunciation...
Portrait of Cardinal Agucchi - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Portrait of Cardinal Agucchi
Circumcision - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Circumcision
Scenes from the Life of Mary Magdalene- Noli me tangere... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Mary Magdalene- Noli me tangere...
Paintings for the Armadio degli Argenti - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Paintings for the Armadio degli Argenti
Isaac, Esau back - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Isaac, Esau back
Legend of St Francis- 3. Dream of the Palace 1297-99 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 3. Dream of the Palace 1297-99
Scenes from the Life of Joachim- 5. Joachim's Dream... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Joachim- 5. Joachim's Dream...
Scenes from the Life of Christ- 3. Presentation at... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Christ- 3. Presentation at...
Life of Saint Francis - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Life of Saint Francis
Conversion of St Paul - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Conversion of St Paul
No. 7 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin- 1. The Birth... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 7 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin- 1. The Birth...
Madonna And Child Enthroned With Saints (Ognissanti... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Madonna And Child Enthroned With Saints (Ognissanti...
The Carrying Of The Cross 1304-1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Carrying Of The Cross 1304-1306
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...
Stigmatization of St Francis (detail) 1300 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Stigmatization of St Francis (detail) 1300
Scenes from the Life of Christ- 20. Lamentation (detail... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Christ- 20. Lamentation (detail...

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