GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
Baroncelli Polyptych (detail)c. 1334
Tempera on wood
Baroncelli Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence
These angels on the right-hand outer wing of the Baroncelli Polyptych are making music in a lively fashion. The strong, vivid range of colours is striking; together with the contrasting shade of gold it spreads rich colour tones throughout the whole altarpiece. Like the garments of the central figures, those of the angels also conform stylistically to courtly fashion. They here form a harmonic whole with the elegant sweeping gestures, especially that of the wind player dressed in blue.