Giotto di Bondone (1266 – January 8, 1337), known as Giotto, was an Italian painter and architect from Florence in the late Middle Ages. He is generally considered the first in a line of great artists who contributed to the Italian Renaissance. He was the first artist to break away from Byzantine styles and move toward naturalism and a clear sense of space.
Giotto is often credited with being the father of the Renaissance for his devotion to physical and emotional accuracy in portraying humans, almost always saints and other religious figures.
Giotto's ultimate gift to the Renaissance was his unparalleled grasp of human emotion, which he was able to transfer in astoundingly accurate detail onto his work.
His most famous work is the Scrovegni Chapel (often called the Arena Chapel) in Padua.
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