Cimabue vs. Giotto Di Bondone Essay

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ASSIGNMENT #1- OPTION 4

ARTWORK

Giotto di Bondone, Madonna and Child Enthroned (ca. 1310), 10’ 6”
Cimabue, Madonna and Child with Angels and Prophets (ca. 1280-1290), 12’ 7” X 7’ 4”.

Madonna and Child with Angels and Prophets, an alter piece standing some 12 feet and 7 inches tall, was created around 1280-1290 A.D. for the Church of Santa Trinità in Florence, Italy and is now in the Galleria delgi Uffizi Florence. This iconographical piece was constructed through tempera and gold leaf on wood by Cimabue, an Italian painter who brought classical tradition back into art during the 13th century, when Italo-Byzantine style was dominant, paving the way for art in the Renaissance period.
Madonna Enthroned,
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The structurally realistic nature of the stairs in Giotto’s as compared to Cimabue’s also shows the progression of realism in art, using a more linear approach rather than a stylized concave approach. Although the stairs are more naturalistic, the disagreeing side faces show an element in the other direction, used to continue the symmetry shown throughout the piece, also present in its counterpart.
Cimabue’s piece shows a linear formation of the surrounding figures, with both the angels and prophets placed in straight lines. This opposes the realistically situated figures in Giotto’s. Though Cimabue’s formation is linear, the postures and gestures of the figures in his piece are much more fluid and graceful then those in Giotto’s who are much more vertical. This absence of verticality in figures shows the influence Gothic sculpture had on Cimabue’s work. The figures in both show isometric perspective, staying the same size regardless of depth into the imagery. The figures in Giotto’s also seem more grounded and have none of the floating qualities Cimabue’s embodies in his angels. This differentiates the stylistic and realistic natures of the pieces.
The subject in each representation is pretty clear to see through artistic elements used by their artists. Emotion in these pieces is much more recognizable in the latter. Giotto shows angels fawning at Madonna and her child, with all eyes on them and all arms in view reaching out to them. Cimabue
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