Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Great Artists: Giotto

When looking for the roots of the Renaissance, there is no better place to begin than Giotto. Historians know he was born near Florence in 1267 but his journey to becoming a great artist is somewhat murky. Legend has it that he was painting a lamb on a rock one day when Cimabue happened by and saw much potential.

Giotto spent his life as both a painter and an architect. He landed a prized commission for the Vatican by free handing a circle and sending it in as his sole entry. He worked in Rome for a decade. After he returned to Rome in 1320, he worked on frescos and then became chief architect of the Florence Cathedral.

Giotto's art developed a unique style and he furthered Naturalism through his seemingly three dimensional forms and strong expressions in both his subjects faces and bodies.

(Paintings from Wikimedia Commons. Click on paintings for more information)

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