Giotto di Bondone

Human ImperfectionDisadvantagesDefects
The name of the picture is “Inconstantcia”(instability). Take a look at the woman in the picture. She looks unstable, almost yelling it. The instability motive describes the woman. She has been moving from one guy to another, from one opinion to the other. If you look at her posture, it is clear that she cannot find balance. But if you thought that here it ended, you had been wrong. Take a closer look at the floor underneath her – on the left side there are faces of men, wallowing in their blood, symbolizing her instability. The woman, being caged in this unstable environment, is also harming that environment with her instability. She harms as all her promises to one man are fading and she cannot be sincere with people and face reality in general.

 

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Saint

GIOTO STEFANESCHI CENTRUDONATORUL

 

 

The next pictures will focus the tale of saint Francis and Jesus. Before watching them, you may need to read some relevant background. According to Christianity, there is a concept of “Stigmata”. “Stigmata” is a sign on the body that confirms one is identifying with Jesus’s suffer for people sins. The “Stigmatas” are scars on the body. 

 

GIOTO FRANCISC PRIMEŞTE STIGMATELE ORIGINAL
Saint Francis receives a “Stigmatas”(signs of sanctity) that appears on Jesus’ body. Their receiving had proven to his surroundings beyond any doubt that he was chosen by God.
GIOTO FRANCISC PRIMEŞTE STIGMATELE 2
Jesus had several injuries – in his hands, legs, ect. After being crusaded, a soldier stabbed him in his heart.

 

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Francis is supposingly given the same “Stigmatas”as Jesus had. He received such in his legs, hands, etc. But sarcastically, the one which represents Jesus’s stabbing in his heart is portrayed as if it was given to him in his nipple. After saint Francis had died, many people were passionated to observe his “Stigmatas” and they then confirmed their sincerity. Giotto, by implying that saint Francis had a woman’s body, expresses his skepticism about this belief.

 

Saint Francic Speaks With Birds(Birds..?)
Typical to Giotto’s work, the artist hides part of the narrative. Giotto hides this part in the form of an “unidentified paint” – the viewer does not notice the red paint is actually another hero. But in contrast to the first sight, in which saint Francis is alone in the picture – there is another figure who’s sending the birds to Francis’s legs.

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Despite the red sign may look significant, it wouldn’t be noticed in the original picture. Haim had worked on the picture with Photoshop, making the figure red so it would be noticed.

 Haim was enthusiastic when he explained me of this picture, and I hope you would be as interested as I did. But before we start, let us start with a little background. This picture is referring to the belief that birds and human are equal to their creator, as they were both created by him.  This picture consists of two stories. As for the exposed story, the picture refers to the sanctity  of the birds trying to reach the saint’s legs. In addition to the exposed story, after retouching the picture, Haim had come up with another story. In the retouched picture, there is another figure(the red one), which may also be an active hero. What is he there for? Is he human/animal, or a sort of divine intervention? What does it tell about Giotto? Was it intended or is it his subconscious  speaking?

For a while, I tried to figure out who is this character. Despite my initial guess it was Jesus or his halo, I have found no convincing evidence for any of them.

The original picture:

Giotto original picture

Ioakim Meets “Shadow Friends” – original picture. In this picture, Haim might has revealed a hidden secret. The shadows friends’are quite unique, as they’re only implied characters. 

GIOTO IOAKIM ÎNTÎLNEŞTE PĂSTORIIORIGINAL

Ioakim "Shadow Friends" are revealed
In this picture, Haim chose to use an affect that replaces the colors with darker-ones, in order to reveal hidden image in the picture. As we can see here, Ioakim, Jesus grandfather, meets 3 “shadow friends”(people who exists as shadows), men/women. While the people near Ioakim finds him crazy, the dog can sense this strange handshaking occurring.

GIOTO  ioakim întîlneşte un grup de femei lîngă staulul păstorilor -invert fresca dry cut 2

A Figure In Ioakim Pic Ioakim full picture - mark (1)

 

Ioakim meets sheepherd
Ioakim, Jesus grandfather, meets in this picture implied characters. The characters are hidden in the shadows, as only part of their faces is revealed. In the picture, in its original form, you can see Ioakim is “shaking hands” with the shadows, making him looks like a maniac to the surroundings. Despite looking like a maniac, Ioakim actually sees those characters(at least in his mind).
Maria's Wedding
This picture describes Maria’s wedding. The situation is of a ceremony which is supposed to be saint and formal.
Maria's Wedding 2
After retouching the picture in Photoshop, it became clear that there are hidden characters in the sky. The painter has probably mocked the situation, but in a way that hides the juxtaposed narratives – though it looks as if the picture glorifies the situation, it actually mocks it. (There are two faces in the right side of the sky, and if you continue the line of the flue you find out that there is a hidden form)
Maria's Wedding 3
In this picture, you may notice the hand of the woman in the left side(the one who wears green). Her left hand is intentionally trying to touch the body of a woman next to her, inappropriately. This intention reduces the sanctity of the situation.

 

The Escape To Egypt original
In this picture, you can see the escape to Egypt after Herod’s verdict. The verdict allowed the execution of all the male babies in Beit Lehem. When looking closer to the picture, Haim noticed that in Giotto’s mind – Jesus’ family was not ideal, but rather human. How is that? 🙂

 

GIOTO FUGA ÎN EGIPT SCLAVA PREFERATĂ
When focusing on this part of the picture, it becomes clear that between Jacob and his slave there is some sort of passion that Maria finds disturbing. This story about the hidden affair doesn’t appear anywhere else, and is Giotto’s genius invention. Giotto, as he is used to, takes a dry subject like the escape to Egypt and focus on the people in it.

The Escape To Egypt

 

The Escape focus side

 

 

GIOTO-jUDECATA + ANGELUS ZOOM

 

 

 

The main figure in the picture, represents Jesus Christ. Taking a deeper view over his right hand, you may find that this hand is actually a snake, coming from the other side of the wall.   I suggest that the artist wished to express his lack of belief in Jesus, as anyone who wishes to get close to the hand, will be bitten or cursed.  The genius of this picture is the ambiguity in which the hand can be seen as a snake only when looking from far perspective.
The main figure in the picture, represents Jesus Christ. Taking a deeper view over his right hand, you may find that this hand is actually a snake, coming from the other side of the wall. I suggest that the artist wished to express his lack of belief in Jesus, as anyone who wishes to get close to the hand, will be bitten or cursed. The genius of this picture is the ambiguity in which the hand can be seen as a snake only when looking from far perspective.

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