Madonna and child. 1280 (w)
The Ognissanti Madonna, Giotto. (s)
The Madonna and child of 1280, although stylistically much improved from many earlier Byzantine efforts, occupies a flat space with little or no depth within the work. It has the conventional gold background but the figures rise above each other and seem very two-dimensional, almost like the faces on a pack of playing cards.
In the Ognissanti Madonna, Giotto's efforts have created a work that recedes in depth. The Madonna is firmly seated on a three dimensional throne and the figures at each side occupy a much deeper space in comparison to Cimabue's. The kneeling angels in the foreground give a sense of distance between them and the enthroned Madonna, and the sculptural effect is complete.