Giotto - Italian painter in Florence and Assisi answers questions


Giotto St. Francis
St. Francis giving away his cloak,
from Assisi, Italy, by Giotto

Giotto was an Italian painter, who was a student of Cimabue, around 1300 AD. Giotto was originally from Florence, born about 1265 AD.

Giotto (jee-OTT-oh) worked mainly in fresco painting. He is known for beginning to put in natural landscape backgrounds to his painting, as opposed to the plain gold backgrounds favored by the older Cimabue.

St. Francis receiving the stigmata

One of Giotto's great achievements was that he painted the inside of the Franciscan church at Assisi, near Florence, with a series of huge frescoes showing the life of Francis of Assisi, who had started the Franciscan movement.

Giotto died in Florence in 1337 AD.

Some more of Giotto's paintings, with music by Benedictine monks
(followers of Benedict).

Learn by doing: fresco painting
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Professor Carr

Karen Eva Carr, PhD.
Assoc. Professor Emerita, History
Portland State University

Professor Carr holds a B.A. with high honors from Cornell University in classics and archaeology, and her M.A. and PhD. from the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology. She has excavated in Scotland, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and Tunisia, and she has been teaching history to university students for a very long time.

Professor Carr's PSU page

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