- Known as: Italian Early Renaissance Painter & Architect
- Born: 1266, Vespignano, near Florence, Italy
- Birthname: Giotto di Bondone
- Date of death: 1337, Firenze, Italy
Giotto is the artist credited with starting the Renaissance - he was
the first to try painting people in three dimensions. He painted
wonderful angels that looked so human they'd never be able to fly. He is the one artist I know of whose work has to be seen t be fully appreciated. No reproduction, no photo, no web scan, can possibly do his work justice so I strongly recommend you to get yourself up and out and visit the museums that house his work. A list of museums with specific works is below.
Giotto di Bondone was born in poverty, the son of a peasant. As a boy he was a shepherd. He was only 10 when Cimabue (1240-1302) took him to Florence to study art.
Not only did he work in Florence, but also Assisi, Rome, Padua, Milan and Naples. He quickly found fame and fortune; so wealthy in fact that he could afford to marry twice and support 8 children. His signature could be argued to be the first brand-name: as his workshop flourished, he seemed to have signed work his assistants completed.
In 1334, 3 years before he died, Giotto was appointed master of works for the cathedral and city of Florence. With the help of Andrea Pisano (1270-1349), he decorated the façade of the cathedral with statues and designed the campanile himself.
It is now generally accepted that in the
last 2 years of life he worked in Milan and that he died at the age of 70 in 1337. 'Generally believed' is as good as it gets for so much was made up about his life by historians years after he died that today we know very little fact about him.
The Ognissanti Madonna (c.1305-1310), now in the Uffizi; the frescos in the Capella degli Scrovegni Florence; the cycles of frescos depicting scenes from the life of Saint Francis, at Assisi; the chapels in Santa Croce, Florence; and campanile di Giotto, Florence.
St. Francis of Assisi Expelling the Devils from Arezzo
(Canvas Size: 24 inches)
Lamentation of Christ
(Canvas Size: 24 inches)
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DR. NORBERT WOLF
Type: Softcover (flaps)
Release Date: 2006
Length: 96 pages
Sized: 18.5 x 23 cm (7.3 x 9.1 in.)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3822851604
- ISBN-13: 978-3822851609
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A central figure of the Early Renaissance
According to legend, he was discovered by Cimabue as a boy, sketching his father’s sheep. Giotto di Bodone (1266-1337) was the most famous and influential painter of his generation in Italy. As the pioneer of modern painting, his impact was so enormous that his artist colleagues in Florence, however capable, were left struggling to keep up. His services were engaged by numerous high officials and princes, including the Pope and his cardinals, King Robert of Anjou, and the Scaligeri and Visconti. All these works, including the large secular cycles, are lost. Amongst his surviving works, his masterpieces are undoubtedly his decoration, from 1303 to 1305, of the private chapel built by the financier Enrico Scrovegni for his family in a former Roman amphitheatre in Padua, the fresco cycle in the Upper Church of Assisi, and the frescos in side chapels of Santa Croce in Florence. The simplicity and strength of his forms, as well as the humanism he infused in his works, set him apart from his Byzantine contemporaries and at the forefront of Italian painting in the early years of the Renaissance.
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Every book in the Basic Art series features:
- a detailed chronological summary of the artist's life and work, covering the cultural and historical importance of the artist
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The author: Norbert Wolf has published books on medieval art, Piranesi, Velázquez and Romantic painting, including TASCHEN’s Basic Art titles on Velàzquez, Kirchner, Friedrich, Dürer, and Holbein, and Codices Illustres: The World’s Most Famous Illuminated Manuscripts. He lives in Munich ... Order