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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Ognissanti Madonna [detail: 1] (or Madonna in Maestà) - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Ognissanti Madonna [detail: 1] (or Madonna in Maestà)
Baroncelli Polyptych c. 1334 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Baroncelli Polyptych c. 1334
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...
Legend of St Francis- 5. Renunciation of Wordly Goods... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 5. Renunciation of Wordly Goods...
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...
Madonna And Child Enthroned With Saints (Ognissanti... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Madonna And Child Enthroned With Saints (Ognissanti...
Expulsion of Joachim from the Temple - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Expulsion of Joachim from the Temple
Decorative bands 2 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Decorative bands 2
Massacre of the Innocents - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Massacre of the Innocents
St Peter 1290s - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
St Peter 1290s
Crucifixion (3) 1330s - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Crucifixion (3) 1330s
Crucifix 1320-25 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Crucifix 1320-25
Entombment 1320-25 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Entombment 1320-25
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...
No. 46 The Seven Virtues- Hope 1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 46 The Seven Virtues- Hope 1306
The Apparition To Brother Augustin And The Bishop Detail... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Apparition To Brother Augustin And The Bishop Detail...
No. 20 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 4. Flight into... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 20 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 4. Flight into...
Tondo with Angel c. 1310 (Mosaic) - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Tondo with Angel c. 1310 (Mosaic)
No. 24 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 8. Marriage... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 24 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 8. Marriage...
No. 43 The Seven Virtues- Justice 1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 43 The Seven Virtues- Justice 1306
Martyrdom of St Lawrence - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Martyrdom of St Lawrence
The Adoration of the Magi - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Adoration of the Magi
Mocking of Christ - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Mocking of Christ
Crucifixion - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Crucifixion

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