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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Cappella Scrovegni a Padova, Life of Christ, Last Supper - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Cappella Scrovegni a Padova, Life of Christ, Last Supper
The Flight into Egypt 1310s - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Flight into Egypt 1310s
The Adoration of the Magi 1310s - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Adoration of the Magi 1310s
Annunciation 2 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Annunciation 2
Joachim's Dream (Sogno di Gioacchino) - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Joachim's Dream (Sogno di Gioacchino)
St John the Evangelist 1320-25 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
St John the Evangelist 1320-25
Crucifix 1317 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Crucifix 1317
The Stefaneschi Triptych (recto) c. 1330 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Stefaneschi Triptych (recto) c. 1330
Ognissanti Madonna (Madonna in Maesta) c. 1310 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Ognissanti Madonna (Madonna in Maesta) c. 1310
Last Judgment (detail 1) 1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Last Judgment (detail 1) 1306
St Lawrence 1320-25 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
St Lawrence 1320-25
Legend of St Francis- 15. Sermon to the Birds 1297... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 15. Sermon to the Birds 1297...

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