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The Architecture in Giotto's Paintings [Paperback]

Dr Francesco Benelli

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31 July 2014
This book offers an analysis of Giotto's painted architecture, focusing on issues of structural logic, clarity of composition, and its role within the narrative of the painting. Giotto was the first artist since antiquity to feature highly-detailed architecture in a primary role in his paintings. Francesco Benelli demonstrates how architecture was used to create pictorial space, one of Giotto's key inventions. He argues that Giotto's innovation was driven by a new attention to classical sources, including low reliefs, mosaics, mural paintings, coins, and Roman ruins. The book shows how Giotto's images of fictive buildings, as well as portraits of well-known monuments, both ancient and contemporary, play an important role in the overall narrative, iconography, and meaning of his works. The conventions established by Giotto remained at the heart of early modern Italian painting until the sixteenth century.

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This book offers an analysis of Giotto's painted architecture. Benelli shows how Giotto's images of fictive buildings and well-known monuments play an important role in the narrative, iconography, and meaning of his works. Conventions established by Giotto remained at the heart of early modern Italian painting until the sixteenth century.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I have spent a great deal of time in Italy and have become fascinated ... 10 Aug 2014
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As an architect and educator, I have spent a great deal of time in Italy and have become fascinated with the early explorations into pre-perspectival space and the accompanying paradigm shift that was so influential in the development of Western art. Long familiar with the work of Giotto and captivated, like so many visitors, with Giotto's panels––whether in Florence, Assissi or Padua––I believe that this is a remarkable book by a truly gifted scholar that illuminates a most intriguing period and artist! The images are clear and well-illustrative of the subject matter and the well-crafted text is evident throughout. This book is an important addition to my architectural library and I would recommend it for anyone interested in the transition between the medieval world and the that of the Florentine Renaissance, the work of Giotto in particular, or even the evolution of the Catholic narrative. The read does require some level of prior knowledge of the historical period as it does not provide a broad-stroke overview but is instead, as it claims to be, focused clearly on its topic. My future trips to Assisi and the National Gallery of Umbrian Art in Perugia will be forever transformed by this rich study! Thank you Dr. Benelli!
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