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Florence, the Late Gothic

3 articles
10 videos
3 skills
When Vasari wrote his enormously influential book, Lives of the Artists, in the 16th century, he credited Giotto, the 14th century Florentine artist with beginning "the great art of painting as we know it today, introducing the technique of drawing accurately from life, which had been neglected for more than two hundred years." In other words, for Vasari, Giotto was the first artist to leave behind the medieval practice of painting what one knows and believes, for what one sees. This tutorial looks at painting and sculpture in both Pisa and Florence to highlight some of the most influential art of this century.

Cimabue, Santa Trinita Madonna

VIDEO 7:29 minutes
Cimabue, Maesta of Santa Trinita, 1280-1290, tempera on panel, 151 1/2 x 87 3/4" (385 x 223 cm), Uffizi, Florence Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris

Giotto, The Ognissanti Madonna

VIDEO 4:05 minutes
Giotto, The Ognissanti Madonna, 1306-10, tempera on panel, 128 x 80 1/4" (325 x 204 cm). Painted for the Church of Ognissanti, Florence Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris

Giotto, Ognissanti Madonna (quiz)

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Giotto, St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata

VIDEO 4:35 minutes
Giotto di Bondone, St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata with predella scenes of the Dream of Innocent III, The Pope Approving the Rule of the Order, and St. Francis Preaching to the Birds, c. 1295-1300 (originally, Church of San ...

Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel (part 1)

VIDEO 4:57 minutes
Giotto's Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel, Padua, c. 1305, Part 1 Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker & Dr. Beth Harris

Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel (part 2)

VIDEO 10:14 minutes
Part 2: The Narrative Cycle from Giotto's Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel, Padua, c. 1305 Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker

Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel (part 3)

VIDEO 5:42 minutes
Part 3: The Lamentation from Giotto's Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel, Padua, c. 1305 Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker

Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel (part 4)

VIDEO 6:23 minutes
Part 4: The Last Judgment from Giotto's Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel, Padua, c. 1305 Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker

Giotto, Arena Chapel (quiz)

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Giotto, The Entombment of Mary

VIDEO 3:56 minutes
Giotto, The Entombment of Mary, 1310, tempera on poplar, 75 x 179 cm (Gemäldegalerie, Kaiser Friedrich-Museums-Verein, Berlin)

Andrea Pisano's reliefs on the Campanile in Florence

VIDEO 5:59 minutes
Andrea Pisano, Reliefs for the Campanile in Florence, c. 1336 Speakers: David Drogin and Beth Harris

Florence in the 1300s (quiz)

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