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.

Byzantine period

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.

The subjects

His faces and figures are the formalized types of Byzantine period. But his works have great personal force and effect, even though the forms are traditional.




"Gesł Cristo"

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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 impact.

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"

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