Knights of Art by Amy Steedman – 1. Giotto: Cautions

The three works of art selected for highlighting and illustration are, sadly, not actually by Giotto (d. 1337).

The first, The Shepherd Sitting Under His Tent, is today in in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, while a copy adorns the exterior of the Campanile. More precisely titled, Jabal: L’invenzione della pastorizia (Jabel: The Invention of Sheep Herding) – “And Ada brought forth Jabel: who was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of herdsmen.” Genesis 4.20 – may have been conceived by Giotto, but was carved by Andrea Pisano (d. 1348), who succeeded Giotto as Master of the Works of the Duomo in Florence and whose work certainly shows Giotto’s influence.

The second, the Visit of the Magi, today in the Galleria dell’Accademia, was painted by Taddeo Gaddi (d. 1366), his most talented pupil.

The third, the Meeting of Anna and Joachim, a fresco in the Capella di Sant’Anna in Santa Maria Novella in Florence, was painted by Nardo di Cione (d. ca. 1366).

Image Sources:

Jabal: L’invenzione della pastorizia by Andrea Pisano.

The Visit of the Magi by Taddeo Gaddi.

The Meeting of Joachim and Anna by Nardo di Cione.

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