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After his death Jesus is mourned over by a small group of followers, among whom his mother. After that, they lay him in his grave. With varied gestures, indicating individual degrees of sorrow, the women and John approach the body of Christ.
Their gestures seem to pave the way for the most intense impression of grief, the embrace and gaze of the mother.
At the same time, the gestures of the women and of the disciples, which are reflected once more by the angels, appear like a development of the mother's sorrow, which is concentrated on the moment of the most intimate encounter.
A comparison between two paintings of th e same subject by Giotto and the Master of Nerezi may clarify the novelty represented by the paintings of Giotto and justify the importance of his contribution to the Early Renaissance.
The first painting is by an anonymous Byzantine artist, referred to as the Master of Nerezi: Pantaleimon, created in Middle Byzantine period located in Nerezi, Macedonia. The other represents the same subject as depicted by Giotto inin the Capella degli Scrovegni, in Padua, Italy.
The influence of Byzantine art in western Europe, particularly Italy was seen in ecclesiastical architecture, through the development of the Romanesque style in the 10th century and 11th centuries. The Master of Nerezi is undeniably able to transmit something of the pathos, the emotional dimension, of his subject, within the constraints of the Byzantine formal rules.
In comparison to the early, strictly hieratic and solemn expression of the royal or Imperial-Christian art of Byzantium, there is here a more dynamic visual concept and action indeed: The Virgin Mary embracing the deposed Christ, the curved body of the disciple holding the hand of Christ, within a very briefly indicated location and schematic spatial setting.
As Gombrich The Story of Art observed about the Byzantine style, within this basically two-dimensional formal concept in painting, we distinguish also the heritage of Greek and Hellenistic art, largely transformed but still recognizable.
Skiagraphia aimed at optical effects, the creation the impression of solid and round bodies in space taking into account a subjective point of view.
They not simply rest as patterns upon a surface, but occupy their own space and interact within the virtual space of the painted setting: In Giotto's Lamentation we recognize a tableau vivant or "staged picture" of representations of sacred narratives. Giotto is also known to have painted some frescoes in the choir of old St.
Peter's, but these are lost. These Roman works also pose problems in attribution and criticism. The mosaic, however, was almost entirely remade in the 17th century except for two fragmentary heads of angels, so that old copies must be used for all stylistic deductions.
The fresco fragment in San Giovanni in Laterano was cleaned in the 20th century and was tentatively reattributed to Giotto on the basis of its likeness to the Assisi frescoes, but the original attribution can be traced only as far back as the 17thcentury.
These works may be possibly identifiable with works mentioned in very early sources, and if so they throw light on Giotto's early style before It is also possible that, aboutGiotto went to Avignon, in France, but the evidence for this is slender. Giotto di Bondone, Crucifix detailaboutgold and tempera on panel, x cm, Firenze, Santa Maria Novella In contrast to earlier representations of Christ on the Cross, such as those by his teacher Cimabue, Giotto emphasizes the earthly heaviness of the body: The human side of the Son of God is made clear.
Mary and John look down sorrowfully from the horizontal ends of the cross at the dead Lord. This, probably Giotto's earliest surviving work, is the largest and most ambitious of the shaped panels of Christ on the cross painted by Giotto. Although his limited anatomical knowledge prevented him attaining the realism of his later crucifixes In Padua and RiminiGiotto's break with Byzantine tradition is clear.
This can be seen from the natural pose, the sense of real weight in the way Christ's body so painfully hangs, the basic simplicity of the loin-cloth, and the realism of the two feet fixed with a single nail. Art in Tuscany Santa Maria Novella The Crucifix by Giotto At the end of the thirteenth and during the first years of the fourteenth century, a debate was going on in religious and theological circles between those who emphasized Christ's humanity, favored images of his suffering and death, and those — especially the Dominicans — who wanted to return to the more ancient theological tradition that emphasized the divinity of Christ and thus favored images of glory.
For the latter group, death and the cross signify not only the moment of suffering, but the concept of resurrection. Giotto's panel, not by chance executed for a Dominican convent, is connected with this new theological and spiritual movement, and reveals a seldom noticed aspect of Giotto's personality.
Even in his first works, and then throughout his long and finely articulated artistic career, he was an attentive and sensitive interpreter of the most gripping theological and spiritual problems of his day [ 5 ].Giotto di Bondone (c.
–January 8, ) Giotto di Bondone (c. –January 8, ), better known simply as Giotto, was an Italian painter and architect from Florence. He is generally considered the first in a line of great artists who contributed to the Italian Renaissance. Romano, Serena, La O di Giotto, Electa, Milano ISBN Ruskin, John, Giotto and his works in Padua, London (2rd ed.
) Salvini, Roberto, Giotto. Bibliografia, Fratelli Palombi, Roma Tutta la pittura di Giotto (Biblioteca d'arte Rizzoli; ). Rizzoli, Milano The Works of Giotto: There exists no documentation to confirm any artwork as having been painted by Giotto di Bondone.
However, most scholars agree on several of his paintings. As an assistant to Cimabue, Giotto is believed to have worked on projects in Florence and other places in . Giotto di Bondone, Scenes from the Life of Christ, Resurrection (detail), Cappella degli Scrovegni all'Arena, Padua.
After lengthy restoration works the Casa di Giotto . By the end of his life, di Bondone had become friends with literary greats Boccaccio, Sacchetti and Dante, all of whom featured or mentioned him in their works.
Di Bondone's last known project was the Podestà Chapel in Florence.
Giotto di Bondone was born in a typical Tuscan farmhouse around from farmers in Colle di Vespignano in Mugello near Florence. Legend has it that Giotto was discovered by Cimabue while he was portraying his sheeps on a stone.
Thereby around Giotto is apprentice of Cimabue in Florence near Santa Maria Novella. Together with Cimabue goes to Assisi and Rome.