A Boy Named Giotto by Paolo Guarnieri

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A sparkling celebration of the pre-Renaissance master

Centuries ago, a shepherd boy drew pictures of his sheep in the sand and on stones. Today, everyone knows him as Giotto, the pre-Renaissance master whose magnificent frescoes illuminate the Church of St. Francis in Assisi and the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua. In A Boy Named Giotto, Paolo Guarnieri tells a story of how young Giotto might have been apprenticed to the great master Cimabue and taught how to paint frescoes. In legendary fashion, Cimabue, as any other artist of the times might have done, realizes that the student has outdone the master and will subsequently find a permanent place of honor in the history of art. Bimba Landmann's stunning paintings, with highlights of glittering gilt, call to mind the work of Giotto but exude a style that is distinctly Landmann's own.

About Paolo Guarnieri

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Paolo Guarnieri is an art critic specializing in contemporary painters, and Bimba Landmann is the illustrator of prizewinning children's books, including Journey into the Blue Night. They are married and live in Milan, Italy. Jonathan Galassi, who has translated the poems of Eugenio Montale, lives in New York City.
Published October 21, 1999 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The older artist convinces Giotto’s father to let the boy come study as an apprentice, and it isn’t long before the apprentice surpasses the master.

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When the painter later sees the boy's rendering of a sheep he exclaims, ""No painter I know has ever succeeded in making a creature look so alive."" Giotto's parents then agree to allow the boy to study with Cimabue in Florence when he is old enough.

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