The Paintings of Duccio & Giotto

The paintings of Duccio remain essentially Byzantine in nature, while those of Giotto show a new vitality and a rejection of the Byzantine. In a work like The Betrayal of Jesus (1309-1311), Duccio represents several episodes of the event in the frame. The figures display a variety of emotions. Duccio humanizes the religious subject matter, and this trend will continue and be even greater in subsequent years. In The Annunciation of the Death of Mary (1309-1311), Duccio shows another trend as he creates a new sense of inner space in the illusion of an architectural space enclosing the human figure. This was something entirely new in painting.

Christ Entering Jerusalem (Giotto, 1305-6) is a painting that is representative of the Gothic period in pa



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