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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Legend of St Francis- 24. Canonization of St Francis... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 24. Canonization of St Francis...
Decorative bands 2 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Decorative bands 2
Martyrdom of St Lawrence - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Martyrdom of St Lawrence
Crucifixion (3) 1330s - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Crucifixion (3) 1330s
Death of the Virgin - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Death of the Virgin
Scenes from the New Testament- Resurrection (detail)... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the New Testament- Resurrection (detail)...
Stigmatization 1319-1328 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Stigmatization 1319-1328
Crucifixion - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Crucifixion
Scenes from the Life of Christ- 4. Flight into Egypt... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Christ- 4. Flight into Egypt...
The Stefaneschi Triptych- Christ Enthroned c. 1330 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Stefaneschi Triptych- Christ Enthroned c. 1330
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. 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...
The Apparition To Brother Augustin And The Bishop Detail... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
The Apparition To Brother Augustin And The Bishop Detail...
Adoration of the Magi 2 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Adoration of the Magi 2
Homage of a Simple Man (Omaggio di un semplice) - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Homage of a Simple Man (Omaggio di un semplice)
Ognissanti Madonna [detail: 1] (or Madonna in Maestà) - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Ognissanti Madonna [detail: 1] (or Madonna in Maestà)
Legend of St Francis- 5. Renunciation of Wordly Goods... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 5. Renunciation of Wordly Goods...
A Triumphal Arch of Allegories - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
A Triumphal Arch of Allegories
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...
Annunciation 4 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Annunciation 4
Scenes from the Life of Christ- 20. Lamentation (detail... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Christ- 20. Lamentation (detail...
St Peter 1290s - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
St Peter 1290s
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...
Crucifix 1320-25 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Crucifix 1320-25

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