Giotto di Bondone
Short Biography, facts and interesting information about Giotto di Bondone the famous Medieval artist and his contribution to Medieval Art
Giotto di Bondone
The Medieval Times encompass one of the most interesting periods in the History of Art. The names of many famous Medieval people and artists, such as Giotto di Bondone, scatter the Medieval History books and other historical documents. Why were these important Medieval artists famous and what did they accomplish? Famous Medieval artists of the Middle Ages included both men and women like Giotto di Bondone who contributed to the Medieval art forms of the Middle Ages dating from 1066 - 1485. The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework about the key dates and Medieval art accomplishments in the life of the artist Giotto di Bondone who was famous as a Medieval Florentine painter.
Short Biography about the life of Giotto di Bondone
The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework about the life and history of Giotto di Bondone a famous Medieval artist and his contribution to Medieval art:
Country of Origin / Nationality: Italian
Also Known by the Nickname: Giotto di Bone
Lifetime: 1266 - 1337
Born: He was born about 1266 in the village of Vespignano, near Florence
Family connections : He was the son of a small landed farmer. Giorgio Vasari
Childhood, early life and education: Apprentice to Cimabue
Married with six children
Career and Timeline of Giotto di Bondone:
Giotto worked for the Bardi's and the Peruzzi's, the Florentine families who owned the most important European banks of the 13th century
Giotto worked with others for the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi and began painting a fresco cycle there with scenes from the Old and New Testaments
1300: Giotto was called to Rome by Pope Benedict XI who commissioned him to paint a mosaic over the entrance to St. Peter's (the navicella)
1304 - 1306: Giotto finished a cycle of frescoes (Noli me tangere) inside the Scrovegni Chapel ( Arena Chapel) in Padua
1311: Giotto moved to Florence where he created frescoes in the Church of Santa Croce
1330 - 1333:Giotto di Bondone was a guest at the royal court of Naples where Giotto completed numerous projects which have not been preserved
1333: Giotto returned to Florence in 1333
In 1334 the city of Florence honored Giotto with the title of Magnus Magister (Great Master) and appointed him architect to Florence Cathedral
Giotto di Bondone died on January 8, 1337 in Florence
Patrons of Giotto: The King of Naples and Pope Benedict XI
In a verse by Dante he wrote, "Giotto di Bondone thought himself the master of painters, Giotto took from him the glory and relegated him to oblivion."
Major paintings of Giotto di Bone: Noli me tangere, The Last Supper and Madonna and Child
Died: Giotto di Bondone died on January 8, 1337 in Florence
Accomplishments and Achievements or why Giotto di Bondone was famous: Architect, sculptor, and painter of the early Renaissance. He broke away from the Byzantine art style and pioneered new ideals of naturalism and creating a sense of pictorial space.
Paintings by Giotto di Bondone (Giotto di Bone)
The story and biography of Giotto di Bondone which contains interesting information, facts & the history about the life of this Medieval person of historical importance. The most famous paintings by Giotto di Bondone are Noli me tangere, The Last Supper and Madonna and Child.
Noli me tangere by Giotto
Noli me tangere is a painting depicting a scene from the Resurrection (Noli me tangere) painted by Giotto between 1304-1306. The Fresco of Noli me tangere is located at Capella degli Scrovegni, Padua, Italy. Noli me tangere is part of the story in the Bible of the Resurrection of Christ where Jesus appears before the weeping Mary Magdalene at his empty tomb. She reaches out to him but he does not allow her to touch him “Touch me not” ( Noli me tangere ) "for I have not yet ascended to the father. But go to my brothers, and tell them that I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." John 20:17-18.
The Last Supper by Giotto di Bondone
The Last Supper painting by Giotto di Bondone in tempera on wood is located in Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany. Giotto di Bondone also depicted the Last Supper in the fresco at Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua, Italy.
Madonna and Child by Giotto di Bondone
The painting of the Madonna and Child by Giotto di Bondone in Tempera on wood. This panel was painted for a chapel in the church Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome.
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