Giotto

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Vasari famously wrote that Giotto "recovered the true method of painting, which been lost for many years before him," and indeed he is traditionally considered a founder of the Italian Renaissance. Producing a series of commissioned works for the church and upper classes in his native Tuscany and surrounding regions, Giotto changed the course of European art by breaking away from the rigid, stereotyped figures of the Byzantine and Giotto medieval traditions. His innovation was to give his characters natural ...
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Overview


Vasari famously wrote that Giotto "recovered the true method of painting, which been lost for many years before him," and indeed he is traditionally considered a founder of the Italian Renaissance. Producing a series of commissioned works for the church and upper classes in his native Tuscany and surrounding regions, Giotto changed the course of European art by breaking away from the rigid, stereotyped figures of the Byzantine and Giotto medieval traditions. His innovation was to give his characters natural movement and expression. His great fresco cycles, such as the lives of the Virgin and Christ in the Scrovegni (or Arena) Chapel, Padua, are populated with realistic depictions of three-dimensional figures; secondary characters, both comic and tragic, display the range of the painter's wit and invention. And Giotto's treatment of perspective was just as revolutionary as his approach to the human form. The dramatic power of his scenes is heightened by the convincing illusionistic spaces in which he places them.
In this authoritative survey of Giotto's life and work, Professor Francesca Flores d'Arcais draws on an impressive range of sources, from fourteenth-century documents to the most recent art - historical investigations. Her research leads her to important re-attributions of Giottesque paintings and to new conclusions regarding the execution and dating of both famous and lesser-known works. This second edition also includes a discussion of the earthquake of September 29, 1997 that damaged the frescoes of the Upper Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi - some of which are attributed to the artist in the early phase of his career - and the restoration effort that followed.
More than three hundred illustrations, most in full color and some on double gatefold pages, reproduce all of Giotto's important frescoes in exquisite detail, as well as his moving crucifixes and jewel-like polyptychs. These illustrations are based on new photography of Giotto's paintings, many of which have recently been restored to their original brilliance, making this the definitive monograph on the greatest of trecento masters.
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In this oversize (13.2" x 11.3" x 1.6"), heavy (8 lbs.), lavishly illustrated (more than 300 illustrations, most in full color, including some double gatefold pages) publication, retired Italian scholar of medieval and Renaissance art d'Arcais (Altichiero e Avanzo: La Cappella Di San Giacomo) presents the second edition of her survey of the career and works of the Florentine painter, sculptor, and architect Giotto (c.1267–1337), regarded by many art historians as a founder of the Italian Renaissance and the creator of a new, illusionistic, and dramatic pictorial style. She discusses the artist's famous and lesser-known frescoes, panel paintings, and crucifixes, including but not limited to his work in the upper basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi, the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, and Santa Croce's Bardi and Peruzzi Chapels in Florence as well as the Stefaneschi Polyptych and the Ognissanti Madonna. This second edition adds an updated bibliography and a new preface that surveys the present state of Giotto scholarship as well as the effects of Italy's 1997 earthquake on both the art and the scholarship. VERDICT Beautifully presented and thoughtfully written, this insightful examination of Giotto's career and works belongs in all libraries. Highly recommended.—Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789211149
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 391
  • Sales rank: 807,669
  • Product dimensions: 11.40 (w) x 13.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Over the course of her academic career, Francesca Flores d'Arcais made many contributions to the study of medieval and modern art, particularly concerning northern Italian painting and miniatures.
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