I’ve taken quite a few art history classes at this point, and man are the textbooks ever expensive. They’re always so pretty though, so I’ve kept all of them. This was from my first Art History class at EMU, and covered everything from cave paintings through to the European Renaissance.
The picture above is the Lamentation from the Scrovegni chapel by master Florentine painter Giotto, completed in the early 1300’s. You can see in this painting that he’s crammed the focus of the piece down into the bottom left corner. Giotto is cool like that and got away with a lot of unconventional stuff for his time.
The Scrovegni chapel was financed by a wealthy moneylender, who commissioned it to atone for his sins of usury. It was built on the site of an old Roman arena, which was long in use for open air morality plays, re-enactments and other festivities. Giotto based many of the frescos inside on the elaborate sets and costuming that were used in these stage productions.