Join us for an in-depth exploration of the life and work of Giotto di Bondone, often described as the father of Italian Renaissance painting.
Our survey of his career will look at works produced in Florence, Assisi, Rome and Rimini with a special focus on the frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua. These constitute one of the most important picture cycles of the ‘trecento’ and represent a major turning point in Western painting. Why was this?
Together we will examine what exactly makes Giotto’s art so innovative, exploring not only his radical approach to pictorial space and execution but also storytelling, whereby, perhaps for the first time in Western Art, people could witness their own emotions and experiences in the scenes depicted before them. An example is the National Gallery’s ‘Pentecost’, originally part of a series of panels which all depict familiar Biblical scenes in a new light, thanks to Giotto’s emphasis on a new humanistic approach.