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Giotto

Updated on July 2, 2014
Dante Alighieri
Dante Alighieri

Dante’s portrait was placed “at the center of a fresco representing the Paradise in the Cappella del Podesta (or Cappella della Maddalena) at the Bargello Museum”. The details to Dante are very clear; many people think of his death mask with the hooked nose, but this doesn’t have that portrayed. He looks to have a “Roman nose” as one would call it; he’s looking forward with everyone else, and is dressed in red as he’s usually portrayed.

Replica of Dante's Death Mask
Replica of Dante's Death Mask

Giotto di Bondone was born in Florence in July 1267. He married Ricevuta di Lapo del Pela in 1207; and they had several children; one also became a painter. In addition to painting he also did frescos and architecture. He died on Jan 8, 1337.

One of the works that caught my eye was a detail on Dante Alighieri. They actually met in person; Giotto wanted to do his portrait, so on this note the dates of 1332-37 can be placed as very important in regards to this piece. Dante said of Giotto that he “revolutionized art of painting in the 14th century”.


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Giotto can be considered as a modern painter as well as a late Gothic/ early Renaissance painter. He chose to go begin a new path; he painted how he felt it would best suit the image he was conveying. He didn’t follow the Byzantine – style of painting like his contemporaries of the time. His work is “solidly three- dimensional, have faces and gestures that are based on close observation”; also the clothing of the people portrayed hang naturally off the body and they have weight and form. The people in the paintings face inwards and are foreshortened; which creates an illusion of space in the painting. He also has naturalistic elements in his work

Giotto Portrait
Giotto Portrait

The connections between modern painters and his time is having a vision & having it affect the viewer in my opinion. He went with what he saw in his mind as to what he felt would work, whereas today it’s conveying how you feel on something; or trying to have the viewer feel something.

Works cited

Florenceinferno.com

Wikipedia

Lifebeyondtourism.com

Giotto & Ciambue

© 2014 Jennifer B

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