Thursday, January 26, 2012


Virgin Enthroned with Angels
424 x 276 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Cimabue (c. 1240–1302) was a Florentine painter and creator of mosaics.
Cimabue was the first artist to move away from the stylized and rigid conventions of Byzantine art. In doing this he actually paved the way for his pupil’s naturalism, which in turn forms the basis of the Italian art. He was the most famous and the outstanding master of Italian painters of his generation.

He is known as the teacher of Giotto, whom, according to the legend, Cimabue found when the latter was working as a shepherd, drawing a lamb on a flat stone, and took him to his workshop in Florence. Giotto is considered the first great artist of the Italian Renaissance.