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Giotto (1267–1337)

  1. George Thomas Kurian

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0418

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Kurian, G. T. 2011. Giotto (1267–1337). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Giotto di Bondone was an Italian painter who received Dante's praise in the Divine Comedy (Purgatorio, XI, 94–96). He was a seminal figure in the revival of the visual arts in Italy and the development of the discipline and vocabulary of art history. Petrarch considers him the founding father of Renaissance painting.


  • Giotto (1267–1337);
  • Dante's praise in the divine comedy;
  • seminal figure in the revival of the visual arts, in Italy;
  • cycle of frescoes, of the legend of St. Francis at Assisi;
  • cycle of frescoes, in the arena chapel in Padua;
  • the betrayal and the lamentation over the dead Christ;
  • frescoes, controlled illusionism to spatial settings, compositional clarity;
  • Ognissanti Madonna, attributed to him;
  • Giotto's influence on florentine painting