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Giotto e il Trecento “One of Painting’s Great Masters”

  • 06

    March 2009
  • 29

    June 2009
The Vittoriano Monument Complex, Rome  

On display are 150 masterpieces capturing Giotto's genius and his influence on Italian art in the Middle Ages.

The Exhibition

The exhibit "Giotto e il Trecento" is organized under the patronage of the Office of the President of the Italian Republic and is sponsored by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. Additional supporters include the President of the Council of Minters, the Italian Senate, the Chamber of Deputies, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. UniCredit Group is also a proud sponsor.


The show contains works from prominent Italian and international museums, as well as several religious institutions. The curator is Alessandro Tomei, Professor of Medieval History at the University "G. D'Annunzio" of Chieti-Pescara, in collaboration with Claudia Viggiani.


The exhibit's venue, the Vittoriano, is itself a genuine cultural experience and a fitting place to present Giotto's artistic development and the movements that characterized Italian art from the end of the thirteenth century through the first half of the fourteenth century. The show contains more than 150 pieces capturing the work of the "maestro" and his impact on contemporaries in a variety of disciplines - from painting to sculptures, from illuminated manuscripts to the art of goldsmithing.


Twenty of the works displayed are by Giotto himself. These masterpieces required tremendous care in being transported to Rome, where they are now on display for the first time. Such major restored works as Giotto's Polittico di Badia, loaned by the Uffizi Gallery, are also being presented.


The exhibition is exceptional in documenting the critical developments in Italian art during this period of the Middle Ages on an unprecedented scale and with some of the greatest artworks available. The remarkable overview encompasses most of the regions of Italy.


The works come primarily from Tuscany, Umbria, the Marches, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Lombardy, Lazio and Campania. The artists presented include the painters Cimabue, Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti. Sculptors include Arnolfo di Cambio, Tino di Camaino, Giovanni Pisano and Giovanni di Balduccio. The goldsmiths and miniaturists on display are Guccio Cleaver, Andrea Pucci and Christopher Orimina Sardi.


Complementing the exhibition, there is an extensive educational section, "L'Italia di Giotto." It offers visitors the story of the maestro's travels across the Italian peninsula and provides a complete overview of his extraordinary artistic output, as well as that of his contemporaries. Giotto's influence on the places he visited is seen in photographs, films, visual reproductions and multimedia, used to capture works that, either because of their monumental size or extreme fragility, including frescoes, could not be transported to Rome.


"Giotto e il Trecento" comes more than 70 years after a major show at the Uffizi Gallery, which also focused on the work of this Florentine master and Italian painting from the end of the thirteenth century through the first half of the fourteenth century. The show was held in 1937 to celebrate the sixth centenary of Giotto's death.

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