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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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No. 11 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin- 5. Marriage... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 11 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin- 5. Marriage...
Deposition from the Cross (Pala di Santa Trinità) - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Deposition from the Cross (Pala di Santa Trinità)
No. 37 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 21. Resurrection... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 37 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 21. Resurrection...
Franciscan Allegories- Allegory of Poverty (detail... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Franciscan Allegories- Allegory of Poverty (detail...
Beheading of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Beheading of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian
St. Stephen - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
St. Stephen
St Peter 1290s - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
St Peter 1290s
No. 42 The Seven Virtues- Temperance 1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 42 The Seven Virtues- Temperance 1306
No. 41 The Seven Virtues- Fortitude 1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 41 The Seven Virtues- Fortitude 1306
Legend of St Francis- 19. Stigmatization of St Francis... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 19. Stigmatization of St Francis...
Adoration of the Magi - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Adoration of the Magi
Franciscan Allegories- Allegory of Chastity (detail... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Franciscan Allegories- Allegory of Chastity (detail...
Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis- 1. Stigmatisation... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis- 1. Stigmatisation...
No. 1 Scenes from the Life of Joachim- 1. Rejection... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 1 Scenes from the Life of Joachim- 1. Rejection...
No. 2 Scenes from the Life of Joachim- 2. Joachim among... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 2 Scenes from the Life of Joachim- 2. Joachim among...
Ognissanti Madonna [detail: 1] (or Madonna in Maestà) - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Ognissanti Madonna [detail: 1] (or Madonna in Maestà)
Sermon before Honorius III (Predica davanti a Onorio... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Sermon before Honorius III (Predica davanti a Onorio...
Legend of St Francis- 23. St. Francis Mourned by St... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 23. St. Francis Mourned by St...
Baroncelli Polyptych (detail 1) c. 1334 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Baroncelli Polyptych (detail 1) c. 1334
No. 19 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 3. Presentation... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 19 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 3. Presentation...
Legend of St Francis- 11. St Francis before the Sultan... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 11. St Francis before the Sultan...
No. 45 The Seven Virtues- Charity 1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 45 The Seven Virtues- Charity 1306
Franciscan Allegories-Allegory of Chastity c. 1330 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Franciscan Allegories-Allegory of Chastity c. 1330
No. 47 The Seven Vices- Desperation 1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 47 The Seven Vices- Desperation 1306
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