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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Kiss Of Judas Detail 1304-1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Kiss Of Judas Detail 1304-1306
Death of the Virgin - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Death of the Virgin
Sermon before Honorius III (Predica davanti a Onorio... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Sermon before Honorius III (Predica davanti a Onorio...
Marientod - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Marientod
Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis- 1. Stigmatisation... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis- 1. Stigmatisation...
Scenes from the Life of Mary Magdalene- Mary Magdalene's... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Mary Magdalene- Mary Magdalene's...
St Francis Receiving the Stigmata - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
St Francis Receiving the Stigmata
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...
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...
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...
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. 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...
No. 42 The Seven Virtues- Temperance 1306 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 42 The Seven Virtues- Temperance 1306
Beheading of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Beheading of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian
Annunciation 4 - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Annunciation 4
Franciscan Allegories- Allegory of Poverty (detail... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Franciscan Allegories- Allegory of Poverty (detail...
Scenes from the Life of Mary Magdalene- The Hermit... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Mary Magdalene- The Hermit...
No. 34 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 18. Road to... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
No. 34 Scenes from the Life of Christ- 18. Road to...
Legend of St Francis- 9. Vision of the Thrones 1297... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 9. Vision of the Thrones 1297...
St. Stephen - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
St. Stephen
Legend of St Francis- 14. Miracle of the Spring 1297... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Legend of St Francis- 14. Miracle of the Spring 1297...
Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis- 4. Death and... - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis- 4. Death and...
Adoration of the Magi - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Adoration of the Magi
Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb - Giotto Di Bondone - www.giottodibondone.org
Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb

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