Cimabue Giovanni (1240-1302), an Italian
painter, was the first famous painter of the city of Florence. He began
an era of famous Florentine painters that included Leonardo Da Vinci.
Cimabue's art does not show obvious originality. He painted in a
traditional style based on the medieval art of the Byzantine Empire, and
used little of the realism of the later Florentine painters.
His faces and figures are the formalized types of Byzantine period. But
his works have great personal force and effect, even though the forms
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Five or six of Cimabue's works exist today. The most famous include the
altarpiece of the Madonna and Child with Angels in the Uffizi Gallery in
Florence, and frescoes of a similar subject and of the Crucifixion in
the church of Saint Francis at Assisi. These works show great power and
grandeur, and the Crucifixion combines those qualities with dramatic
Cimabue's works of art
§ "Crucifixion" in the Upper Church of San Francisco in Assisi
§ "The Crucifixion at Easter"
§ "St. Matthew"
§ "The Four Evangelists"
§ "Madonna and Child with Angels"