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Christmas: From our Christian Masterpiece Collection #CM1310, the Adoration of the Magi by Giotto. Unlike most depictions of the visit of the Wise Men, in his 1310 painting, Giotto has placed the heavenly halo on each of the Three Kings, a distinction usually reserved for the infant Jesus, his mother Mary, Joseph, and the angels often present in Nativity scenes. Here, as in Gentile da Fabriano’s painting (#CM1423w), Caspar is on his knees kissing the new born King’s feet…Giotto di Bondone (1266-1337), known simply as Giotto, was an Italian painter and architect from Florence. He is widely considered to be the first of the great artists who contributed to the Italian Renaissance. Giotto’s contemporary, Giovanni Villani, described him as "the most sovereign master of painting in his time, who drew all his figures and their postures according to nature.” The late 16th century biographer Giorgio Vasari, credited Giotto as making a decisive break with the widespread Byzantine style and initiating "the great art of painting as we know it today, introducing the technique of drawing accurately from life,” which had been neglected for more than two hundred years.