Giotto di Bondone (c.1267-1337)

Credited as an inspiration for Michelangelo, and as the artist that inspired a new form of realistic painting in the early years of the Renaissance, Giotto di Bondone, known as Giotto, was the master of the fresco. His natural approach to painting figures and landscapes translated the walls of many churches into sanctuaries of religious art, and his artistic talents expanded to sculpture and, towards the end of his life, architecture.

In 1334, Giotto was appointed master architect of the city of Florence, and he designed the famous Campanile (bell tower) of the Florence Cathedral, a focal point of the city's skyline. At 269 feet, the tower has 414 steps and provides a magnificent panoramic view of Florence.


Olga's Gallery


Collection of Giotto's Works

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Written by Janice Mancuso