Giotto (di Bondone)

By: Sydney Lynch

1266- 1337

His Life

- Giotto was born around 1266 in Vespignano, Italy

- He traveled to Rome, Padua, Florence, Naples, and Milan.

- In these places he completed many of his famous artworks.

- He was taught by Cimabue who took him in as an apprentice as a young boy.

- He lived on a farm.

- He traveled around the world and was called upon to make great pieces of art.

- Giotto is known for creating the Arena Chapel, painted to be simple and direct,Christ Carrying the Cross, and The Epiphany.

- These paintings and many others are now displayed in museums across the world.

- One of Giotto's patrons was Cimabue

- Cimabue found Giotto drawing with chalk on a rock.

-Giotto was known for reviving naturalism in paintings.

- Also Giotto has secularism in some of his paintings. Like Christ Carrying the Cross

- Perspectivism is also in some paintings because it has depth and 3D like drawings. For example, The Epiphany

Christ Carrying the Cross

- The painting was created in 1305.

- This piece today might be seen in Padua, Italy at Capella degli Scrovegni nell'Arena.

- Some new techniques are perspectivism because the painting shows buildings in the background and it appears that the cross is going into the clouds in the background.

- This piece of Giotto’s is showing Jesus Christ going to Mt. Calvary to be crucified. Jesus is also being poked with a stick to hurry up. It looks to be that he is being separated by someone, probably his wife Mary. It also appears that nobody is in his side to help him escape his death. The serpent in the border of the artwork standing on the pedestal could represent evil.

- I think classicism is best linked to this piece because it displays myths about Jesus’s crucifixion. It brings back classical things and the painting is organized and and thought out. You can see the facial expressions of every person in the painting.

- I think this piece of art is interesting because I have never seen paintings of Jesus carrying the cross before he died, only him on the cross. Also I think the details in it really display the feelings of each person and what they are thinking at this moment.


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Citations

" ." . Artstor, n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2015

Giotto, di Bondone. Arena Chapel. 1303-1306. fresco. Padua, Italy.

Giotto, di Bondone. Christ Carrying the Cross. 1305. freco. Padua, Italy.

"Giotto di Bondone." Biography in Context. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2015.

Giotto, di Bondone. The Epiphany. 1320. tempera on wood. The Metropolitan Museum of Arts.