Spotlight Artwork: Giotto (1267 - 1337) - Gothic/Proto-Renaissance Art

LamentationArena Chapel (Capella Scrovegni), Padua, Italy, ca. 1305. Fresco, 6’ 3/4” x 6’ 3/4” Art Code: "All who wander are not lost." Synopsis In his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, Giorgio Vasari described Giotto as making a decisive break with the prevalent Byzantine style and as initiating "the great art of painting as we know it today, introducing the technique of drawing accurately from life, which had been neglected for more than two hundred years".[5] Giotto's masterwork is the decoration of the Scrovegni Chapel, in Padua, also known as the Arena Chapel, which was completed around 1305. The fresco cycle depicts the Life of the Virgin and the Life of

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