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The Cambridge companion to Giotto
Derbes, Anne.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
xix, 313 pages, 42 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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ND623.G6 C2 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

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Considered by many to be the father of Western painting, Giotto remains a compelling and mysterious personality. This modest-appearing volume is bursting at the seams with the newest and best on the artist, steering an admirable course between background information for the novice and cutting-edge analysis for the scholar. The 11 essays cover Giotto's autograph and associated works from the standpoint of iconography, technique, style, and issues of patronage--both secular and religious, as well as the painter's fortuna. A welcome feature is the placing of Giotto within the context of the mendicant and other religious orders of 14th-century Italy. There is a new tackling of the Assisi problem in terms of workshop management, presenting the St. Francis cycle--calculated here as taking about a year and a half--as a brilliantly choreographed affair calling for the moving of scaffolding, the passing back and forth of templates, and the meticulous adherence to preestablished "codes" of design. The bibliography is limited to essential items, but the notes are a goldmine of additional references. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. D. Pincus National Gallery of Art

Table of Contents

1 Giotto past and present: an introductionAnne Derbes and Mark Sandona
2 In search of an artistHayden B. J. Maginnis
3 Giotto and the St Francis cycle at AssisiBruno Zanardi
4 Giotto's figuresWilliam Tronzo
5 Giotto and architectureGary M. Radke
6 Giotto and art for the friars: resolutions spiritual and artisticJoanna Cannon
7 Giotto and the figure of St FrancisWilliam R. Cook
8 The Ognissanti Madonna and the Humiliati order in FlorenceJulia Miller and Laurie Taylor-Mitchell
9 Giotto and his lay patronsBenjamin G. Kohl
10 Reading the Arena ChapelAnne Derbes and Mark Sandona
11 The legend of Giotto's wit and the Arena ChapelAndrew Ladis