Monday, September 12, 2011

Giotto di Bondone

Lamentation (The Mourning of Christ)
72.84 in. wide x 78.74 in. high
Cappella del'Arena, Padua

Giotto di Bondone (c. 1267 - 1337).
Florentine painter and architect.
Giotto is generally considered the first in a line of great artists who contributed to the Italian Renaissance.
Giotto lived and worked at a time when people's minds and talents were first being freed from the shackles of medieval restraint. He dealt largely in the traditional religious subjects, but he gave these subjects an earthly, full-blooded life and force.

The subject is the mourning over the dead body of Christ, with the Virgin embracing her Son for the last time. He shows us so convincingly how each figure reflects the grief of the tragic scene that we sense the same grief in the cowering figures whose faces are hidden from us.