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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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It is surprising that so many Giotto quotes have survived to the present day when considering just how long ago his artistic achievements took hold

We have around five quotes, listed below, that can be confidently attributed to the artist. Some others are also available, but cannot be entirely verified. Several famous artists who arrived centuries after Giotto have even less quotes available, so this can be considered relatively good.

The impact of Giotto's paintings is discussed elsewhere in this website, but with such a significant career there will always be opinions from others who choose to study his work and learn from his achievements. There is a collection of significant comments on his work below, including the exceptional 20th century talent of Pablo Picasso.

Famous Quotes by Giotto di Bondone

The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights.

Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.

Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour.

Take pleasure in your dreams; relish your principles and drape your purest feelings on the heart of a precious lover.

The human heart is as a frail craft on which we wish to reach the stars.

Quotes on Giotto di Bondone

But when I am alone, I do not have the effrontery to consider myself an artist at all, not in the grand old meaning of the word: Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt, Goya were great painters. I am only a public clown-a mountebank. I have understood my time and have exploited the imbecility, the vanity, the greed of my contemporaries. It is a bitter confession, this confession of mine, more painful than it may seem. But at least and at last it does have the merit of being honest.

Pablo Picasso

The Oresteia, King Lear, Dostoevsky's 'The Devils' no less than the art of Giotto or the 'Passions' of Bach, inquire into, dramatize, the relations of man and woman to the existence of the gods or of God.

George Steiner

In my opinion painters owe to Giotto, the Florentine painter, exactly the same debt they owe to nature, which constantly serves them as a model and whose finest and most beautiful aspects they are always striving to imitate and reproduce.

Giorgio Vasari

Now that I think about it, it seems to me that’s what Idiocy is: the ability to be enthusiastic all the time about anything you like, so that a drawing on the wall does not have to be diminished by the memory of the frescoes of Giotto in Padua.

Julio Cortazar

It is not possible to overstate the influence of Paul Cezanne on twentieth-century art. He's the modern Giotto, someone who shattered one kind of picture-making and invented a new one that the world followed.

Jerry Saltz

The traveller who has gone to Italy to study the tactile values of Giotto, or the corruption of the Papacy, may return remembering nothing but the blue sky and the men and women who live under it.

E. M. Forster

Whenever I give a talk about my work I am invariably asked who my influences are. Not what my influences are, but who.. As if the gutter, misunderstandings, memories, sex, dreams, and books matter less than forebears do. After all, in terms of influences, it is as much the guy who mugged me on Tenth Street, or my beloved dog who passed away much too early, as it was Giotto or Diane Arbus.

Robert Gober

To an art historian a Giotto is a 14th Century painting. To an artist it was painted yesterday. We free ourselves from the past when we see it freshly.

Walter Darby Bannard

When I was taking art history I was always angry that we would skip certain chapters because "it wasn't important." Like, "Let's skip over the Japanese. Let's just get to Giotto, because that's where everything begins." It's like, no. Everything is relevant to me.

Ali Banisadr