The Cambridge Companion to Giotto serves as an introduction to one of the most important masters of early Italian art. Providing an overview of his life and career, this volume offers essays by leading authorities on the critical reception of the artist, an analysis of workshop practices of the period, the complexities of religious and secular patronage, Giotto's innovations in painting and architecture, and close readings of his most celebrated work, the frescoes of the Arena Chapel in Padua. Designed to serve as an essential resource for students of late medieval and early Renaissance Italy, The Cambridge Companion to Giotto also provides a chronology of the artist's life and a select but comprehensive bibliography.
1. Giotto past and present: an introduction Anne Derbes and Mark Sandona; 2. In search of an artist Hayden B .J. Maginnis; 3. Giotto and the St. Francis cycle at Assisi Bruno Zanardi; 4. Giotto's figures William Tronzo; 5. Giotto and architecture Gary M. Radke; 6. Giotto and art for the friars: resolutions spiritual and artistic Joanna Cannon; 7. Giotto and the figure of St. Francis William R. Cook; 8. The Ognissanti Madonna and the Humiliati order in Florence Julia Miller and Laurie Taylor-Mitchell; 9. Giotto and his lay patrons Benjamin G. Kohl; 10. Reading the Arena Chapel Anne Derbes and Mark Sandona; 11. The legend of Giotto's wit and the Arena Chapel Andrew Ladis.