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Ch. 11 ART IN ITALY Group 5 Breanna Brooks 
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Art in Italy Giorgio Vasari's lives of the artists (1550) the  earliest account of the rebirth of Italian art in  the renaissance. Later generations have accepted Vasari's  assessment and have seen Giotto as a  revolutionary figure not for the fourteenth  century alone but for the entire history of  European art marking a major break with the  art of the middle ages.
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Background  Throughout the later middle ages art in Italy  showed little of the richness and  inventiveness of the great centers of  northern Europe.  one of the reasons for this is that northern 
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Unformatted text preview: gothic artist were beginning to return for inspiration not to their immediate predecessors but to classical art with its realistic portrayal of the body and drapery. Giotto’s break with the past Great at Duccio’s contribution was to the development of painting it was achieved without any decisive break with the tradition in which he worked. The byzantine style had aimed for a rich glowing surface with elaborate linear designs. In his great altarpiece Madonna Enthroned painted in 1310 Giotto brings us into the presence of the virgin....
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