|Giotto1 (Italian ˈdʒɔtto)|
|also known as Giotto di Bondone. ?1267--1337, Florentine painter, who broke away from the stiff linear design of the Byzantine tradition and developed the more dramatic and naturalistic style characteristic of the Renaissance: his work includes cycles of frescoes in Assisi, the Arena Chapel in Padua, and the Church of Santa Croce, Florence|
An Italian painter and architect of the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Art in Italy before the time of Giotto was heavily influenced by the art of the Byzantine Empire and was highly stylized; it resembled the icons in Byzantine churches. Giotto was the first painter to abandon Byzantine ways and begin to depict more lifelike expressions and figures.