By Dorling Kindersley
This artwork consultant examines the lifestyles and paintings of Giotto and analyses his masterpieces intimately, putting them of their social and old context.
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Giotto's to method was work on the upper part of a scene single, in a long day, completing the lower section, which included the figures, over several days. that We can speculate he worked from top to bottom in horizontal bands, a system which would have prevented the paint from running and enable him to work on one or more scenes at the same time. " Giovanni Boccaccio, in 1350, a little more than ten years after with his pen or paintbrush Giotto's death, thus work and his skill in they appeared in so lifelike a acknowledged the extraordinary quality of his reproducing elements of nature so well that more realistic than they did in real life.
Here (detail), St Francis Assisi. has a youthful aspect and is shown without Upper Church, Here the face of St Francis a is intensely expressive, focused tonsure. This head resolute would have taken of the in and the solemnity moment. an entire day's work to complete. The iconograpy off echoed St Francis saint, in representations of the such as the fresco Sacro Speco Tommaso da biographer Celano, of St described the saint as tall, the " . . " vivid description alive. not very face, is often the explains lively, quality of the saint's events of his linked to but set among in a life, PPP painted still A contemporary element somewhat protruding a small, the Francis, with an even, rounded head, an oval, at Subiaco, was he while in thus immediate image and the which were not sacred biography the streets of Assisi, the people of Umbria.
Through him the world of concrete objects, which until m then had came to acquire most revolutionary only been viewed as having a symbolic function, a new meaning. In this, perhaps, lies the element of Giotto's work. The transition from an essentially Giotto, Stigmatization abstract representation, which could only be interpreted by of St Francis means Upper Church, of faith, towards an art form that also rested on the observation of nature, was already underway in Gothic sculpture outside Italy, particularly in Chartres and Reims, but it was at (detail), Assisi.