The Visitation

Giotto Visitation

“The Visitation” is one of the less popular, but more important works of the Italian Renaissance. This painting was done by Giotto Di Bondone, who lived from the years 1267 to 1337. This particular work of art was completed in 1306. Its dimensions are 150 cm by 140 cm, which is almost 5 feet by 4.5 feet. “The Visitation” currently hangs in a museum located in Padua, Italy. Giotto was one of the founding fathers of the Italian renaissance. Giotto set the religious stage for renaissance art with  his series, “Life of the Virgin”, which contained “The Visitation”.

Giotto Di Bondone painted a christian scene in his series containing Madonna that was titled “Life of the Virgin”. This painting greatly resembles the commonly accepted works of art during the Italian Renaissance. First, Giotto’s scene clearly show religious bias by depicting an image from the bible and the virgin Madonna. “The Visitation” also resembles renaissance art with impressively detailed people with perfect anatomical proportion. The different facial expressions of each character also proves that Giotto was creating a renaissance era masterpiece. Renaissance art dealt with detail but also with copying the earlier Greek and Roman style, which can be seen through the clothing on the characters in “The Visitation”. Lastly, Giotto’s “The Visitation” can be seen as a classic renaissance work because the lines and borders of images on the canvas all converge to one point. This use of perspective was a new and rising technique that would be the norm for all paintings during the Italian Renaissance era.

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