1Giotto di Bondone Ognissanti Madonna (Madonna in Maesta)

This magnificent altarpiece, written by Giotto in 1310 was created for the Florentine Church of Ognissanti, All Saints, so it is often called the “Madonna of Ognissanti”.

Before Giotto, Italian painting strictly followed the Byzantine canons – angular flat figures, alienated expressions of faces, lack of volume and depth.