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Giotto Portrait
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Early Renaissance

Giotto Biography

Giotto di Bondone is an Italian painter and architect, born in Vespignano, near Florence. The most innovative artist of his time, Giotto was described by Dante as the foremost painter, displacing the elder Cimabue in fame and fortune. Posterity, however, has seen Giotto in stronger terms, as the revolutionary who altered the course of painting in Western Europe, striking out of the Gothic and Byzantine styles towards the Renaissance.

At the age of 10, Giotto was supposedly found by Cimabue (1240-1302), who took him to Florence to study art. His earliest work may have been connected with the making of mosaics for the Florence Baptistry.

Giotto 155 Most Important Paintings and Artworks

Giotto Bibliography

Giotto. by I. Danilova. Moscow. 1970.

The Art of the Italian Renaissance. Architecture. Sculpture. Painting. Drawing. Könemann. 1995.

Painting of Europe. XIII-XX centuries. Encyclopedic Dictionary. Moscow. Iskusstvo. 1999.

Giotto (Masters of Italian Art Series) by Anne Mueller, Von Der Haegen. Konemann, 1998.

Giotto: The Scrovegni Chapel, Padua (Great Fresco Cycles of the Renaissance) by Bruce Cole. George Braziller, 1993.

Giotto: The Arena Chapel Frescoes: Illustrations, Introductory Essay, Backgrounds and Sources, Criticism (Norton Critical Studies in Art History) by James H. Stubblebine (Editor). W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.

Giotto: Frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel by Giuseppe Basile. Skira, 2003.

Giotto by Francesca Flores D'Arcais. Abbeville Press, 1995.

Painting in the Age of Giotto: A Historical Reevaluation by Hayden B. J. Maginnis. Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997.