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By Stefano Zuffi

Giotto di Bondone (1266/7 – January eight, 1337), often called Giotto, used to be an Italian painter and architect from Florence within the past due center a long time. he's as a rule thought of the 1st in a line of serious artists who contributed to the Italian Renaissance.

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The most depicting the Navicella, or Saint Peter's Boat, originally made to cartoons by Giotto but completely reworked. Two fragments of the original mosaic (Angels) survive, and are kept in the Vatican Grottoes and the church of San Pietro at Boville Ernica (Frosinone) respectively. basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano still contains part of the fresco depicting The Boniface VIII announcing the Jubilee Year in 1300, but too, unfortunately, has Emilia to's assistants. Traces of Giotto's stay Romagna mini survive in the Padua lively The local school Tempio Malatestiano.

The landscape is again used to whole intensify the effect of the and give a structure to the composition: the hillsides follow the rhythm of the net ion, isolating the figures. 36 The Kiss of Judas, 1304-1306, fresco. Scrovegni Chapel, Padua. 22, 23. This scent' is one of the most animated and crowded, though it centres on the motionless heads ofJudas and Christ. The gesture of betrayal can be compared with the embrace of Joachim and Anna, on the same wall. Giotto, who is normally more restrained and deliberate, here confers a dramatic dynamism on the nocturnal scene of the betrayal, heightened by the pikes, torches and leaving in the air.

Gotica, 1961) Scrovegni Chapel The was in the place of built a more modest and ancient structure, before which a sacred play was represented every year on the theme of the Annunciation and the other Stories of Maria. , and recalled the emotions and the narrative clarity in the arrangement of the various phases of the performance, together with the evocative value of certain architectural backdrops. So that he left on the chapel walls a more en- during spectacle, which was the official recognition, the seal and lasting record of the sacred play...

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