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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No. 28 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 12. Judas' Betrayal... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 28 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 12. Judas' Betrayal...
Madonna And Child Enthroned With Saints (Ognissanti... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Madonna And Child Enthroned With Saints (Ognissanti...
Legend of St Francis- 5. Renunciation of Wordly Goods... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 5. Renunciation of Wordly Goods...
Ognissanti Madonna [detail: 1] (or Madonna in Maestà) - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Ognissanti Madonna [detail: 1] (or Madonna in Maestà)
Massacre of the Innocents - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Massacre of the Innocents
Homage of a Simple Man (Omaggio di un semplice) - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Homage of a Simple Man (Omaggio di un semplice)
No. 29 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 13. Last Supper... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 29 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 13. Last Supper...
No. 12 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin- 6. Wedding... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 12 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin- 6. Wedding...
Decorative bands 2 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Decorative bands 2
Crucifixion (3) 1330s - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Crucifixion (3) 1330s
St Peter 1290s - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
St Peter 1290s
Marientod - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Marientod
The Apparition To Brother Augustin And The Bishop Detail... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Apparition To Brother Augustin And The Bishop Detail...
Martyrdom of St Lawrence - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Martyrdom of St Lawrence
Crucifixion - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Crucifixion
Kiss Of Judas Detail 1304-1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Kiss Of Judas Detail 1304-1306
Crucifix 1320-25 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Crucifix 1320-25
Mocking of Christ - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Mocking of Christ
No. 46 The Seven Virtues- Hope 1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 46 The Seven Virtues- Hope 1306
Legend of St Francis- 20. Death and Ascension of St... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 20. Death and Ascension of St...
Entombment 1320-25 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Entombment 1320-25
No. 43 The Seven Virtues- Justice 1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 43 The Seven Virtues- Justice 1306
The Adoration of the Magi - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Adoration of the Magi
Tondo with Angel c. 1310 (Mosaic) - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Tondo with Angel c. 1310 (Mosaic)

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