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Comparison of Cimabue, Duccio, and Giotto Madonnas to summarize the  Proto – Renaissance era. As we leave the Gothic and Classical influences and turn to the years prior to the  early Renaissance, it would help to compare the work of Cimabue, Duccio, and  Giotto’s stylistic approach to the same subject – a Madonna and Child. This  would bring us face-to-face with elements of the maniera greaca style as  evidenced in Cimabue, the Sienese tradition of Byzantine formalism incorporated  into Duccio’s elegant painting, and the new advances that will become apparent  in Giotto’s powerful new Proto-Renaissance style. The  Santa Trinita Madonna    by Cimabue continues the earlier tradition of the  Duocento or 1200’s.  This means that the visionary qualities in the Byzantine and  maniera greca styles are still evident.  Religious imagery of this time was not  based on visual reality but, as Cimabue depicted it, the image reflected a perfect  world, the perfectly ordered heaven of the believer’s imagination. The  indeterminate space harmonizes with the beautiful surface. Note the throne, the  gold on the Madonna’s robe, and the angels’ wings.  In each, the volumetric 
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  • Spring '11
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  • Cimabue, Duccio, Duccio’s  Madonna, Santa Trinita Madonna, unimportant.  Ruccellai Madonna, comparison.  Duccio

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