If you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy, you will find one of the most exquisite fresco paintings in the History of Art. You will be looking at the key works of Giotto di Bondone or simply known as Giotto.
Giotto di Bondone (c. 1267–January 8, 1337), was an Italian painter and architect from Florence. Since Giotto’s time Artists’ would have a better degree of respect and fame among society. Something which Artists could not have since ancient Greece. He is considered a father of the Renaissance period, inspiring many Artists to come through that era. Giotto was famous for his style of naturalistic approach in painting human figures, real architecture and landscape portrayals and a great tendency towards storytelling which added a new taste to Art at the beginning of the Renaissance age at the center of the Artistic world, Florence at that time.
He was praised by his contemporary Giovanni Villani who wrote that Giotto was “the most sovereign master of painting in his time, who drew all his figures and their postures according to nature. And he was given a salary by the commune [of Florence] in virtue of his talent and excellence.” Also the Great Dante Alighieri recognized him as a pioneer painter and artist of his time.
Giotto’s masterwork is the decoration of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, commonly called the Arena Chapel, completed around 1305. This fresco cycle depicts the life of the Virgin and the life of Christ. It is regarded as one of the supreme masterpieces of the Early Renaissance. That Giotto painted the Arena Chapel and that he was chosen by the commune of Florence in 1334 to design the new campanile (bell tower) of the Florence Cathedral are among the few certainties of his biography. Almost every other aspect of it is subject to controversy: his birthdate, his birthplace, his appearance, his apprenticeship, the order in which he created his works, whether or not he painted the famous frescoes at Assisi, and where he was eventually buried after his death.
Below you will find some his amazing artworks;