Italian painter, c.1226-1337.
Fishburn and Hughes: "An Italian painter who abandoned the stylised forms of Byzantine art, aiming at a more realistic representation of the human figure, and was thus an important forerunner of the Renaissance. CF 383: Giotto's Circle is also a pun, alluding to an incident recounted in Vasari's Lives of the Painters (1550). When Pope Benedict IX was seeking proof of Giotto's artistic capability before employing him to decorate Saint Peter's, Giotto 'with the turn of the hand produced a circle so perfect... that it was a marvel to see'. " (88)