Thursday, March 24, 2011

Giotto di Bondone (c. 1266 – January 8, 1337)

Scenes from the Life of Christ: 9. Raising of Lazarus

I love the Early Renaissance so much because of artists such as Giotto di Bondone. Those artists preserved, at least to some extent, the powerful and florid depictions that characterized Gothic art (in fact, the Early Renaissance (or portions of it) are often referred to as Late Gothic). Bondone's art was highly lauded in his lifetime, though his personal appearance was not quite applauded. On the latter point, it's interesting how much an artist and his art are, in the minds of appreciators, conceptually indivisible, when they are often separated by leagues. I especially love Bondone's depictions of animals, which are beautifully quaint. 

The Miracle of the Spring

Joachim's Sacrifice

The Expulsion of the Demons from Arezzo

Lamentation over Dead Christ

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