Giotto di Bondone

giotto di bondone

Birth name: Giotto di Bondone
Born: 1267, near Florence, Italy
Died: January 8, 1337 (Aged about 70) Florence, Italy
Nationality: Italian
Field: Painting, Fresco
Movement: Gothic
Works: Scrovegni Chapel frescoes, Campanile

Giotto di Bondone
Giotto di Bondone

Short Biography of Giotto di Bondone

To begin with, When you are going to remember an Italian painter, you will remember Giotto at first. He is considered to be the king of paintings to portray a living picture. For being innovative he got name & fame. Similarly, his reputation spread all around. He proceeded from his period. Maybe that’s why he was able to create an innovative idea in his head and made a surprised like a three-dimensional picture. He was an excellent painter of the first century of the renaissance. Especially, his works are almost as good as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Giotto was an architect too. Most of Giotto’s works are located in the Scovegni Chapel which contains a fresco cycle by Giotto.

Giotto (Giotto di Bondone ) was born around 1267 at Vespignano near Florence, in the Mugello Valley. In this case, nobody knows the exact date of Giotto birth. It is based on a poem by Antonio Pucci. However, His father was Bondone and he was a blacksmith. Most authors accept that Giotto was his real name, but it is likely to have been an abbreviation of Ambrogio (Ambrogiotto) or Angelo (Angelotto).

Giotto started as just a humble short boy who liked to draw sheep on rocks. An awesome painter from Florence named Cimabue found the painted stone. That was very beautiful and took him on as a painter. After that, he worked on a picture of a small fly. Cimabue was also working on that. So he couldn’t be a success. Once a pop called Giotto to verify his efficiency and allowed him to paint a picture. As an example, Giotto drew a red circle perfectly.

Giotto wanted to draw a realistic picture as other painters do and fate helped him. Especially following Cimabue’s artistic guidelines, which were heavily influenced by Medieval Greek and Byzantine paintings, Giotto painted his Jesuses, Madonnas and Childs, Saints and other religious beautifully preserved masterpieces.

However, in 1328, King Anzouur Robert of Naples summoned Gapton called him. There he worked to fix chapel in the family of Santa Cross Church. Later, he got a job at the Court for painting. After that, he came out of an uncertain career. After that 1334 Giotto became the head of the ‘Copomestro’ or municipal construction works. Later became the head of the Cathedral Mason Guild. He supervised artworks for the construction of the cathedral of Florence when his contribution was a design for a bell tower.

However, Giotto died in January 1332. He was buried on the left side of the location marked by Georgetown, Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fior and the white marble plaque. In a fresco of Santa cross church, an image of a dwarf was found. In comparison to the people of that church have always said that the dwarf itself is Giotto.

Important work of Giotto di Bondone:

1.Kiss of Judas (1304–06), fresco, Scrovegni Chapel

Kiss of Judas (1304–06)
Kiss of Judas (1304–06)

2. Ognissanti Madonna, (c. 1310), Uffizi, Florence

Ognissanti Madonna, (c. 1310)
Ognissanti Madonna, (c. 1310)

3. Nativity, from the Scrovegni Chapel


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