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Softcover, flaps, 18.5 x 23 cm
Basic Art Series
A central figure of the Early Renaissance
According to legend, he was discovered by Cimabue as a boy, sketching his father’s sheep. Giotto di Bodone (1266-1337) was the most famous and influential painter of his generation in Italy. As the pioneer of modern painting, his impact was so enormous that his artist colleagues in Florence, however capable, were left struggling to keep up. His services were engaged by numerous high officials and princes, including the Pope and his cardinals, King Robert of Anjou, and the Scaligeri and Visconti. All these works, including the large secular cycles, are lost. Amongst his surviving works, his masterpieces are undoubtedly his decoration, from 1303 to 1305, of the private chapel built by the financier Enrico Scrovegni for his family in a former Roman amphitheatre in Padua, the fresco cycle in the Upper Church of Assisi, and the frescos in side chapels of Santa Croce in Florence. The simplicity and strength of his forms, as well as the humanism he infused in his works, set him apart from his Byzantine contemporaries and at the forefront of Italian painting in the early years of the Renaissance.
Available in over 20 languages, TASCHEN’s Basic Art Series offers budget-minded readers quality books on the greatest artists of all time. The neat, slick format and nice price tag make Basic Art books fun to collect.
Basic Art titles feature:
• detailed chronological summary of the artist’s life and work, covering the cultural and historical importance of the artist
• over 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions
• concise biography
The author: Norbert Wolf has published books on medieval art, Piranesi, Velazquez and Romantic painting, including TASCHEN’s Basic Art titles on Velazquez, Kirchner, Friedrich, Durer, and Holbein, and Codices Illustres: The World’s Most Famous Illuminated Manuscripts. He lives in Munich.
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