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Title: By: Olga Rukovets and Maria SanchezPeraza


1
He was not handsome, said Petrarch.
Giotto di Bondone
By Olga Rukovets and Maria Sanchez-Peraza
1267-1337
2
Early Life
  • Born, about 1266, in Vespignano, near Florence
  • Father- small land farmer
  • first period of his artistic life, commissions
    only from religious authorities (Franciscan
    Order)
  • No history of early years
  • 1280, supposedly started studying under Cimabue
  • No surviving painting documented as being by him
  • Earliest workBasilica of San Francesco dAssisi

3
Known Works
  • Worked for Bardi's and Peruzzi's, wealthy
    Florentines
  • Worked in the basilica of Sant'Antonio and made
    frescoes for Scrovegni Chapel
  • Decorated the tribune of St. Peter's and the
    polyptych that is preserved today in the
    Pinacoteca Vaticana in Rome
  • Head of bottega (studio)had collaborators
  • 1334, Florence honored Giotto with title of
    Magnus Magister (Great Master)
  • 1337 (January 8) Giotto dies in Florence

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A Real Renaissance Man
  • Very versatilesculptor, painter, and architect
  • Famous in his own time, and even became rich
  • Started humanism in art
  • Lacked technical knowledge
  • Respected by Renaissance contemporaries
  • In those times, figurative art rose again to its
    natural force with Giotto. Dante
  • Broke all links with Middle Ages?foundations of
    modern painting
  • Of new merchant and entrepreneur class

6
Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata
  • Part of a series of 28 paintings
  • Expresses gentle spirit of St. Francis
  • More emphasis on facial expressions than on
    landscape
  • Portrayal of St. Francis historically accurate
    and creates likeness between him and Jesus
  • Gathers realistic details and combines them with
    a spiritual theme
  • Smaller images along bottom present St. Francis
  • Strays from Medieval balance and symmetry

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The Lamentation of Christ
  • Giotto does not represent the scene as it might
    have happened
  • Varied size of figures for spatial purposes
  • Realistically portrays grief felt by each figure
  • Emphasis on landscape- brings horizon to our eye
    level
  • Mary and Jesus as mother and son
  • Even the angels are humanized and individualized
  • Grieving John the Evangelist as image of
    universal despair

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Influence
  • "He converted the art of painting from Greek to
    Latin and brought in the modern era-Cennino
    Cennini
  • Credited with creating first images of humanity
  • direct approach to human experience
  • One of the first to employ vivid colors
  • Put depth and perspective into paintings (The
    Lamentation)
  • influence on Florentine painting stemmed from his
    ability to bring three-dimensionality to works

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Influence
The angry glare keeps the children and pigeons
away
  • Recognized during his time and admired by the
    likes of Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch and Cennini
  • Following generation of painters greatly
    influenced by his approach to painting (i.e.,
    Masaccio)
  • recognized as first genius of art in the Italian
    Renaissance
  • Begun artistic revolution based on
    actuality/reality
  • Regarded as founder of central tradition of
    Western painting
  • "Once Cimabue thought to hold the field as
    painter Giotto now is all the rage, dimming the
    luster of the other's fame. Dante

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Bibliography
Giotto. Online Available http//www.giotto.com/g
iotto/giotto.html , March 4, 2004. Giotto
1267-1337, Italy. Online Available
www.nelepets.com/art/artists/g/Giottobio.htm ,
March 4, 2004. Giotto di Bondone. The Catholic
Encyclopedia, 2003. Online Available www.newadve
nt.or/cathen/06565a.htm, March 3, 2004. Horing,
Thomas. Greatest Works of Art of Western
Civilization. New York Barnes Noble Books,
1997. Olgas Gallery Giotto. Online Available
http//abcgallery.com/G/giotto/giotto.html ,
March 3, 2004. Pioch, Nicolas. Giotto di
Bondone. Online Available http//www.ibiblio.org
/wm/paint/auth/giotto/ , March 3, 2004. Sporre,
Dennis J. The Creative Impulse An Introduction
to the Arts. New Jersey Prentice Hall, 1993.
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