Giotto Paves the Way for the Italian Renaissance at the Louvre

Giotto Paves the Way for the Italian Renaissance at the Louvre

Born in Florence in the 13th century, Giotto di Bondone developed his artistic skills at a time when Italian art was on the verge of being revolutionized. Di Bondone — or just Giotto, as he is more often called — grew up working on a farm. As a youth, his talent was discovered by the artist Cimabue, who introduced him to a whole new world.

Although little is known about Giotto’s exact path from farm boy to master painter, it is clear that, as an adult, his works garnered the adulation of his peers. Responsible for many frescoes in Italian places of worship, Gitto contributed to the development of art in diverse ways.

One of his most significant contributions was his break with the traditional Byzantine depiction of human figures in order to illustrate people who looked more realistic. For this reason, Giotto is considered to be a trailblazer who helped pave the way for the Italian Renaissance.

As the artist’s renown spread across the country, apprentices from various Italian cities would accompany him as he traveled to create his works. This group of apprentices became known as Giotto’s ‘compagni,’ and it is the work completed with their assistance that is the subject of a current exhibition at the Louvre.

Giotto e compagni‘ will run at the Louvre until July 15, 2013, so guests staying at the Hotel de la Tour Maubourg have time to discover it during their stay in Paris. Approximately 30 works from both French and international collections will be presented. The exhibition highlights the innovative nature of Giotto’s achievements and also explores his creative process and the mechanisms behind his notoriety.