Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Giotto by Norbert Wolf

My career was in the medical field and I have little knowledge of art or art history. Now that I have retired, I want to explore this area. So my husband and I are reading about an artist and his work each month. We began this month with the 14th century painter Giotto. Norbert Wolf's 90 page book on Giotto was a good choice for a beginner. The variety of his work is impressive --not variety of subject because the vast majority was religious. We took a trip to Italy in 2001. We went to Rome and Florence but if we were to go again, we would make sure to see the Arena Chapel in Padua. The pictures in this small book show a wide variety of his work. The text describes the time, place, and technique of the paintings in a manner understandable to a beginner like me. Next month we stay in Italy but move forward in time to Brunelleschi and his magnificent dome.


Hattie said...

Fascinating. I saw some of this work but with an uneducated eye. If I ever get a chance to see his work again I will study it.

Florence said...

Hattie I so wish I had a better background in art history when we went to Italy in 2001. It is unlikely that we will be able to go again.