"From Giotto to Early Renaissance Painting from Florence" Exhibition

Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art

poster for "From Giotto to Early Renaissance Painting from Florence" Exhibition

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Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337) was a prolific artist who worked throughout Italy in the 13th and 14th centuries. He was the first artist in Western art history to draw portraits of noble personages with sculptural bodies and delicate expressions, effectively creating a three-dimensional narrative space. Not only did this dramatically change the course of Western painting - Bondone even today continues to be a key point of reference for later generations of artists with perspectives as diverse as da Vinci, van Gogh and Matisse. Bondone is sometimes called the father of Western painting, and the earliest examples of his murals that still stand inside the San Francesco Church in Assisi have been designated a world heritage site.

This exhibition presents four works by Bondone, who is almost impossible to see in Japan, as well as photo panels of his representative church murals. In addition, around 30 altar paintings by Bondone's successors have been gathered from several institutions and organizations in Florence, almost all of which will be shown for the first time in Japan. These works emerged at a time of intense religious faith among laymen, plague and pestilence, and an era of adoration and worship of the Virgin Mary. These paintings from Florence from the very dawn of the Italian Renaissance depict the beauty of the Virgin Mary at a time when this art was equally influenced by illuminated manuscripts from the French imperial court, as well as Gothic painting from the neighboring town of Siena.

Talk events and workshops are also scheduled. See website for more details.

[Image: Giotto di Bondone, "Virgin Mary and Child" (1295), Santo Stefano Al Ponte Church Museum of Art Collection]



From 2008-09-13 To 2008-11-09
Free entry on October 1st as gesture of thanks to all visitors


Giotto di Bondone et al.



henacyoko: (2008-11-07 at 18:11)


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