Madonna in Glory (c. 1311) by Giotto

Madonna in Glory - Giotto - c. 1311

Artwork Information

TitleMadonna in Glory
Datec. 1311
MediumTempera on panel
Dimensions128 x 90 1/2 in. (325 x 204 cm)
Current LocationGalleria degli Uffizi, Florence
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About Madonna in Glory

The Madonna In Glory, also known as the Ognissanti Madonna, is a significant artwork completed by Giotto circa 1311 for the Church of Ognissanti in Florence. This painting marks a break from the Byzantine style prevalent during Giotto’s time and introduces more naturalistic elements. As a result, art historians consider this piece a landmark in art history.

The painting features the Madonna and Child on an elevated throne with steps against a gold leaf background. The size and complexity of the artwork make it a noteworthy piece for review by art historians. The composition displays Mary holding her child while flanked by angels in adoration. Mary is seated on an elaborate throne adorned with intricate decorative ornaments.

Giotto’s representation highlights attention to detail that was not common at that time in history; he used multiple shades of color to create depth and shadowing resulting in a more realistic portrayal of radiant objects while preserving his use of delicate lines; he fused these interpretations of reality with symbolic rituals by adding motifs such as halos representing sanctity around figures and learned religious concepts showing layers transcending what immediately met the eye resulting into capturing poignant meanings behind various aspects beyond mundanity involved within the structure depicted showing intricacy about his emotions towards Christianity which can be seen highlighted through careful observation providing insight into socio-cultural beliefs prevalent during that time period when this masterpiece was created.

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