Giotto's O

Serena Romano
Translated by Sarah Merkel
Collana: Viella History, Art and Humanities Collection, 1
Pubblicazione: Novembre 2015
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pp. 338, 15,5x23, hardback, 212 ill. col.
ISBN: 9788867284993
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The subject of this book is the artistic revolution that took place around the year 1300. Young Giotto is the protagonist of this revolution, whose trajectory of development can be traced across the most vibrant and fashionable centres of culture of the time, at the court of the Pope, in the city of Florence, in the rich and cultivated north-eastern Italy, between the court of the Malatesta in Rimini and the Veneto region with its power-house and financial heart in Padua. Above all, the book is about two huge projects that marked the first part of Giotto’s life: the Basilica of Assisi and, in Padua, the Scrovegni Chapel and the Basilica of Saint Anthony. Within his work and in his workshops places and people of Italy at the turn of the century come to life. Relying on stylistic and technical analysis, on a careful reading of iconographical programmes, studying working methods and culling information from artistic works themselves and historical documents, one may gain insights into how Giotto, like no one else, was able to become a catalyst of a new contact with the world, a modern ability to narrate with images and a newly rediscovered love of nature.

  • Note to the English edition
  • Introduction
    • 1. Lucy and the third dimension
    • 2. The construction of an oeuvre
  • I. The Isaac Master, Assisi, a new narration
    • 1. Premise
    • 2. Decoration and rhetorical devices in the Assisi nave
      • 1. The strength of tradition
      • 2. The cache of the models. Gothic Rome, Ancient Rome
    • 3. The Isaac Stories 59
      • 1. In reverse from the Saint Francis stories to the Isaac diptych
        • The Arnolfo hypothesis: sources
        • The modus operandi between Rome and Assisi
    • 2. The diptych story
      • Colours
      • Figures, feelings, distances
        • The plot: male characters
        • The plot: female characters
    • 3. On Arnolfo, Giotto, and Antiquity: some remarks
    • 4. Open questions
    • 5. The painter, his world, and ‘pictorial thought’
  • II. Giotto’s Figures
    • 1. Premise
    • 2. New places and the tools of the trade
      • 1. From Assisi to Padua
      • 2. Giotto in Padua. Where, and when?
    • 3. The chapel as a cantiere
      • 1. A reflection on technique
      • 2. Composition and workshop repertories, from Assisi to Padua
    • 4. Giotto and sculpture
      • 1. Sculpture as a model: introduction
      • 2. Giotto’s approaches to classical sculpture: a ‘specimen’
      • 3. The dado
        • A new register
        • Virtues and Vices
        • The ‘system’: choreography and classical models
    • 5. Giotto’s figures
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • List of Illustrations
  • Index of names and palces

Serena Romano

Serena Romano è professore di Storia dell’arte medievale presso l’Università di Losanna. Tra le sue pubblicazioni più recenti: La O di Giotto (Electa, 2008); Il Duecento e la cultura gotica (Jaca Book, 2012); Modernamente antichi (Viella, 2014). Nel 2015 è stata curatrice delle mostre, con i relativi cataloghi, "Arte lombarda dai Visconti agli Sforza" e "Giotto, l'Italia", ambedue a Milano, Palazzo Reale.

Serena Romano is Professor of Medieval art at the University of Lausanne. Her publications include Il Duecento e la cultura gotica (Jaca Book, 2012), L’histoire de Rome par la peinture (avec I. Foletti, Citadelle & Mazenod 2010), and La Basilica di San Francesco ad Assisi. Pittori, botteghe, strategie narrative (Viella, 2001). In 2015 she has been the curator of the exhibitions “Arte lombarda dai Visconti agli Sforza” and “Giotto, l’Italia” both held in Milan, Palazzo Reale.

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