Comparing Cimabue And Giotto's Madonna Enthroned

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In comparing Cimabue’s Madonna Enthroned with Angels and Prophets and Giotto’s Madonna Enthroned, the artists’ main idea of painting Mary enthroned is same, however the form used for the subject matter differs.
The most important thing to note is that both artists paint with a Gothic and Byzantine style with their characteristics of a gold background and noticeable halos. When contrasting these two pieces of art, the main difference is the placement of the figures in each painting. In Cimabue’s painting, the angels are depicted around the throne with each row at different levels. This causes the angels to appear as if they are stacked on top of one another, unlike Giotto’s painting. In Giotto’s artwork, the angels are placed in a way that provides a more horizontal-like depiction that is not seen in the first artwork. The first row of angels appears closer to the viewer whereas the back row seems farther away. All of the angels have clearly visible features and each even shows a hint of distinct emotion. Another distinction between the two works is that of the throne. In Cimabue's painting, the throne sits upon a curved platform whereas in Giotto’s painting, there is an addition of a roof above the Madonna's head, as well as the fact that it is sitting on a flat platform. These two differences not only add depth to the painting, but they also cause the figure to appear be closer to the viewer, almost as if it is a three-dimensional artwork. Giotto's Mary is also more firmly attached to the ground, while Cimabue's Mary seems almost as if she is floating in space. Another difference between the two works is that Cimabue painted Mary and the angels with larger fingers and noses and he also used lines to define her clothing. Giotto portrayed Mary as a recognizable figure instead of as an idealized one. He used dark and light contrast in her clothing and
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